Harry Maasz Cottage Garden

  • Portrait Harry Maasz

The heart of the Gerisch Sculpture Park


As a result of its different uses in the last few decades the citizens of Neumünster had grown less aware of the historic garden, which had become completely overgrown. Now, 60 years on, at the opening of the park, it can be seen for the first time again in its original form dating from 1925. It is an impressive work of early 20th century garden design with rows of trees forming a framework, green spaces opening up, natural stone walls and expressively arranged flower beds. Along with other landscape architects such as Leberecht Migge, Alfred Lichtwark and Fritz Schumacher, Harry Maasz was one of the leading exponents of the garden design reform movement.

In his 1926 book ‘Small and Large Gardens’, Maasz describes the remodelling of the Villa Wachholtz garden in Neumünster. As a first generation freelance garden designer, Maasz saw the so-called reform garden not as a segment, but as an integral part of the existing landscape. The fusion of garden and landscape was just as important to him as the transition from residential buildings to gardens and the surrounding natural landscape.