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Wilhelm Lauche senior and junior





Apples. Orchids and Guerilla Gardening

In fact, there are many persons of the family Lauche who were gardeners. At least two of them were called Wilhelm Lauche. The elder and up to day more famous one in this texts specified as Wilhelm Lauche I was publishing the ‘Deutsche Pomologie’ with it's beautiful illustrations in the year 1833 at Parey in Berlin and actually shown on this site. More of him later.

Wilhem Lauche senior - gardening and democracy

The younger one Wilhelm Lauche junior (1859 - 1950) , later became known as Hofrat Lauche, was his brother’s son and most of his time he was working at the Gardens of the Earl of Liechtenstein Johann II at the Castle of Lednice or in German was called Eisgrub. Details about this period and more pictures later. Just so far: the Earl Johann II, with his famous collection of art was also a big friend of plants especially orchids (a handwritten list of the names of the Orchids of the Earl's s collection is linked at the left side). The effect for Wilhelm Lauche II who was the Earl's Courtgardener at that time was that he often had to travel to London and Paris to study the gardens and parks there and to buy or to present some more examples for or of the collection. As everybody knows, the Liechtenstein Rulers never were famous for being friends of reforms but Johann II was.

He became friend with the idea to found an institute of experimenting planting and growth after the Mendel rules. In addition to that after the idea of Wilhelm Lauche II a school should be founded to teach the use of the new knowledge also to the chequiam population and to get more agricultural output out of the surrounding fields. It was still a time of starvation in many parts of Moldavia and around. Aside the school, a factory was built for the conservation of vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes which is still running. Most of it was sent to the very close situated Capital of Austria, Vienna. Surely some of his knowledge Wilhelm II took from a small handwritten book of his father Rudolf (here specified as Rudolf Lauche I (there were also at least two with the same name) who was (I suppose) the brother of Wilhelm I. His handwritten and partly illustrated Book for teaching gardening (Gartenbau - Leitfaden für Lehrerkurse) of 1899 may be still interesting also for guerilla gardeners or others and is also linked at the left side.

attitude - guerilla gardening - urban farming

Another connection to actual movement as there is guerilla gardening and urban framing is the attitude. The interest in the planting and the spreading of knowledge to the people and public made it very hard for Wilhelm Lauche II to come along with the changing political systems and their rulers. In his fight for the school, for the students of all nations and religions, he abandoned on paying. Wilhelm Lauche was not a friend of the nazis but had sometimes to get out his son Karl (may grandfather) who was obviously arguing against the Nazi Regime. Wilhelm KLauche II was a lot solidariing with the chec people. He learbed there language and was a long time teaching also when the school was no more under german gobvernment. He did not write very much but was a man of action. With his ambition to bring the knowledge of making and growing food to the people, he may be one of the silent heroes of a determing period of that long walk to democracy, being most of the time in opposition to the political leaders. For this reason he was not having a splendid political career but more the opposite. After having sold most of his furniture and other property to be able to survive his last years he died in Leipzig in 1950. May be the actual movement of guerrilla gardening and urban farming is one way of using the Lauche’s heritage and continuing the story

greetings to the people in Lednice

Joerg Spamer, Frankfurt 2012


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