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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Stephanie Alteneder (2013): Der Hofgarten des Stiftes Seitenstetten vor dem Hintergrund des klösterlich gartenbaulichen Funktionswandels seit dem Mittelalter.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Abteilung Pflanzenbau, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 246. UB BOKU obvsg FullText

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The target of this theses is the horticultural importance of the monastery gardens both in historical respect and with regard to their position in the present. After general examinations this target will be put in concrete form with the example of the court garden belonging to the monastery of Seitenstetten. The historical origins of the monastery gardens since the Middle Ages are shown as well as their development through the times of renaissance, baroque, rococo until present. Special emphasis is placed on medieval sources like the “St. Galler Klosterplan“, the “Capitulare de villis“, Walahfried Strabo and Hildegard von Bingen. These sources enable an informative insight into the selection of flowers, fruit and vegetable to be planted and cultivated and their use throughout the changing times. Focussing on the historical development, the monastery gardens` functional changes have been investigated. Whereas the monastery garden at the beginning primarily served the purpose to supply the monastery of food respectively of medicinal plants, later on priority is given to other functions: on the one hand the opportunity to achieve spiritual experiences offered not only to the members of the order but also to visitors, on the other hand the monastery gardens gained increasing importance becoming public space as show garden. Historical change also manifests itself in aesthetic respects, as different cultural trends - especially in the baroque period - have striking influence on landscape gardening. There are also remarkable changes in the transfer of horticultural knowledge. First of all the monastery was center and starting point of this transfer. In modern times a reversal has taken place. The monastery is no longer starting point but addressee of movements developed in external institutions. Furthermore, these general results are illustrated using the example of the monastery of Seitenstetten. We describe the general history of the monastery and subsequently the history of the court garden focussing its actual functions and aims supported by detailed interviews of the abbot and the chief gardener.

Beurteilende(r): Kaul Hans-Peter
1.Mitwirkender: Plenk Sabine

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