The Grotto at Herrenhauser Gardens is a place where garden viewers can enjoy a refreshing pause to rest and cool down on a hot afternoon. It is NOT where I expected to find this stunning modern art installation!
Given that the Great Garden (Grosser Garten) was designed in French Baroque style, I suppose it is fitting for it to include this creation by a French artist. Niki de Saint Phalle apparently had a special relationship with the city of Hannover; her “Nanas” sculptures there have become a symbol of the city, and she was an honorary citizen.
Now, back to the flowers! There is a section in the Grosser Garten called “Special Gardens.” One of them is a rose garden, “Niederdeutscher Rosengarten” (Low German Rose Garden):It is a lovely little garden, but I did find myself wishing I had some clippers with me to remove the many spent blooms! The rest of the gardens seemed so well-tended that this oversight surprised me.
Here is the “Rokokogarten,” similar, but not as heavily stylized as the “Barockgarten.” That would be my lovely niece (and most superb hostess) posing at its entrance:
Finally, this is the “Rasengarten” (lawn garden.) Just add a windmill and a replica of the Eiffel Tower, and they’d have themselves a nice little mini-golf attraction!
There were four more Special Gardens shown on the map, but frankly, we were a bit underwhelmed by these four, it was beginning to rain, and our time was running short, so we decided to move across the street to the Berggarten and its greenhouses. I will highlight those in the next installment, so please return soon to see some giant cacti and beautiful orchids!(Hindsight is 20/20–How funny would it have been if I had struck a pose similar to the women on the walls around me?!)