International Photography Awards Honorable Mention 2012
German Garden Book Prize 2013 - Best Picture Book, 2nd place
Golden Pixel Award 2012

Georg Grabherr, Traudl Grabherr
Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm
368 pages
304 photos
English, German
ISBN 978-3-901753-67-1
March 2015


“Superlatives don’t do justice to this book, this garden! Browse, wonder, enjoy… and start again, and again….”, bookseller Claudia Hresc-Saxers recommends. 

If you want to build a boat, teach your people the longing for the sea, is a well-known Chinese saying. It captures the exact purpose of this book: to plant a longing. A longing for beauty, harmony, for the joy of recognition through knowledge. This book wants to instil in its readers the desire for being able to address herbaceous plants and weeds in the garden at species level or however far their diligence will take them. Knowing species and varieties is not an end in itself. The different families are nature’s vocabulary. Whoever learns them understands its language. This book is not about the large, famous parks and show gardens but about a domestic garden – the 21st Century Garden of Georg Grabherr, one of the most influential conservation biologists. It asks whether the thousands of private gardens can contribute to maintaining biodiversity, whether they are Noah’s Ark, suitable for rescuing threatened species. "This is a very personal book. For me, it is a joy and at the same time a release from the sometimes all too narrow restraints of science. It is a book of small delicacies – enjoy.“, says Georg Grabherr. The photos were taken following all four seasons and nature’s rhythm. They show the wealth, the philosophy and uniqueness of this garden in gorgeous pictures.


Georg Grabherr

was born on 30 April 1946 in Bregenz. His interest in nature started early and was encouraged by his family and even more so at boarding school during his training as a primary school teacher. He then studied biology and earth sciences at the University of Innsbruck, finishing with a summa cum laude grade doctorate. In Innsbruck he pioneered the research into the dynamics of alpine ecosystems and the knowledge of alpine vegetation types. He was the first to point out the great importance of clonality in original alpine meadows as well as their great age. To this day, the effects of climate change on the alpine low temperature limits are among his main themes. The GLORIA project, which he initiated and coordinated, is a leading monitoring project. Studies on the hemeroby of Austrian forests and the first complete mountain inventory of biotopes that should be protected made Grabherr an internationally sought expert. He knows how to combine the position of a top scientist with practical conservation work. In 2011 Georg Grabherr was awarded the Austrian Conservation Prize. In 2013 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, the ‘Vorarlberger Wissenschaftspreis’ and was voted ‘Austrian Scientist of the Year 2012’ by the club of Austrian journalists specializing in education and science.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.