"The paths are bordered by all kinds of trees and plants with highly varied flowers, among which are 600 exotic trees and bushes from North America."
(Travel report by Crown Prince Friedrich Karl von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt in May 1775. He visited the Bendeleben park about 10 years after its completion.)
* The tree species marked with an asterisk come from North America. They were great rarities when the palace park was created.
The park's rich variety of then very rare plants from North America are proof of the excitement over rarities from the "new world". Some of the trees, such as the Ponderosa pine or the bald cypress, are still standing. When you walk through the park, note the variations in the leaves and shapes of the trees.
The rose called "Perle von Weißenstein" is the first rose yielded from controlled breeding in Germany. It was bred by gardener Daniel Schwarzkopf at Weißenstein castle (today: Wilhelmshöhe) around 1773
(Photographer: W. Neumerkel)
Hilda von Deichmann (1848-1932), the widow of Hugo von Krause, noted in 1926 that the selection of plants in the Bendeleben Park was similar to that of the Wilhelmshöhe park near Kassel. One suspects, she wrote, that the same landscape gardener was at work in both places. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that the gardener Daniel August Schwarzkopf (1737-1817), who stayed in London at the same time as Johann Jacob von Uckermann (1718-1781) and went to Kassel in 1766, was employed in Bendeleben.
Baroness Johanne Christiane von Uckermann was particularly fond of intertwined multi-trunk trees. To get this effect, she had several individual trees planted very close to each other.
(Photographer: L. Koch).