The Orange Trees are returning home Become a Patron!


Ulrike Peter

Friends of Schloesserland Sachsen
c/o State Palaces, Castles and Gardens of Saxony, non Profit

Stauffenbergallee 2a
01099 Dresden

Phone: +49 351 56391 1002

You can support both the Friends of Schloesserland Sachsen as well as the »Orange Trees« project at any time and with an arbitrarily high donation.

Apart from maintenance and cultivation the orange trees require the production of special buckets. These are designed and produced according to historical examples (round buckets in the colors white and blue) and are thus characterized by a high quality.

We are happy to receive your donation beyond a patronage. Please use this donation form.

You can select a special tree, for which you take over the patronage. This tree gets a nameplate, that is created specially for you. Moreover, you will receive exclusive invitations and information.

Your donations will be used exclusively for the complex care and the cost-intensive cultivation of the orange trees. An orangeur (gardener) has been employed specially to cultivated the orange trees as an expert.
The valuable trees require closed and heated rooms in winter, thus causing high operating costs, which are covered by your donations, too.

The minimum duration of a patronage is 5 years. During this term, the patronage costs a total of 2.750 Euro.  The donation can be paid annually with a contribution of at least 550 Euros. A lump sum of 2.750 Euros at the beginning of the patronage is also possible. The donation can be paid by direct debiting system, Paypal or bank transfer via our donation portal.

The patronage starts after the successful transmission of your donation.

The orange trees were assigned numbers for the documentation of care.

The visualization of the formation and numbering of the orange trees is purely abstract and serves only the selection of a tree. It does not reproduce the numerical arrangement of the orange trees at the Dresden Zwinger in 2017. 

In 2013, the State Palaces, Castles and Gardens of Saxony, non profit, bought 80 bitter orange trees (Citrus aurantium) in Italy.

From the tree nursery in Ardea in the south of Rome, the trees were transferred to Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden in May 2014. Here, the valuable bitter orange trees are cultivated until their move to the Dresden Zwinger.

The return of the orange trees to the Dresden Zwinger is understood as a necessary measure for the mediation of the historical context.

The integration of the orange trees in the ambience of the Dresden Zwinger also strengthens Dresden being regarded as »the Florence on the Elbe«.

In 1710, Augustus the Strong gave the Zwinger new glory. Several hundred Italian orange trees then found their place in one of the most beautiful orangeries of Germany - the Dresden Zwinger.

For coming closer to the original purpose of the Dresden Zwinger once more, the first 80 orange trees are to be be placed in the four compartments of the Zwinger parterre in 2017.