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Pomology

27 Aug 2017 — 28 Jan 2018

The exhibitions of our Natural History Collection focus on the breathtaking variety of forms in nature, including the sphere in all its variations. Spherical shapes can be found especially among fruits, most often those with an intense aroma and delicious taste. The apple, symbol of fertility and power, as well as sin and discord, is a particular interest of pomology, or the science and practice of growing fruit.

More than 20,000 varieties of apple have been cultivated to date and its uses are, accordingly, varied. Pomology has been a part of human life since humans became sedentary. Such cultures shaped the landscape of the Rhine valley and the southern slopes of the Taunus, both particularly conducive to growing. The parish priest of Kronberg Johann Ludwig Christ (1739—1813) is to this day one of the best-known pomologists. It was he who cultivated German taste for the apple, one of the country’s most beloved fruits — that is reason enough for Wiesbaden to present the history of this wonder fruit.

The exhibition is complemented by guided tours and bike tours from cult-touren.de.

Please find the flyer here.