05/31/2016

Next Greenhouse Day is dedicated to strawberries!

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences extends an open invitation to all students, staff and residents of the region to come out to the 9th Greenhouse Day on the Kleve Campus on 7 June 2016. The event is dedicated to everyone’s favorite summer treat: the strawberry. Students from the study programmes Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness (Faculty of Life Sciences) and Early-Childhood Education (Faculty of Society and Economics) will be on hand to introduce visitors to the uses, the diversity and the many botanical facts about the strawberry. Naturally, strawberry-themed treats will be available for visitors to taste and enjoy!

Kleve/Kamp-Lintfort, 31 May 2016: Did you know that, botanically speaking, strawberries aren’t actually classified as berries, but as nuts? Or, more precisely, as an ‘aggregate fruit’? Did you know that the common garden strawberry first appeared in the 18th century as a cross-breeding of two wild American strawberry species?  Or that today there are over 1,000 different types of strawberries in existence? These are just a few interesting topics you’ll explore during the upcoming Strawberry Day at the Kleve Campus Greenhouse of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science.

The garden strawberries (Fragaria ananassa of the rose family) is an important crop with roots in South America, North America and Asia. Germans in particular are big fans of strawberries, which are a staple of many sweet summertime recipes. The transition from spring to summer is also strawberry season in Germany, and many local fields are bursting with ripe strawberries at this very moment.

A highlight of the upcoming Greenhouse Day will be an exhibition with the 22 different strawberry varieties currently growing there. The strawberry plants were graciously donated to the University for research purposes by a Dresden-based strawberry farm.

Greenhouse Day will begin at 2 p.m. with a colourful and exciting event for children, organised and run by students from the Early-Childhood Education study programme under the supervision of Dr Barbara Darr, Lecturer for Special Purposes in the programme. During the event children will explore the many varieties of strawberries using all five senses. The event is open to children between the ages of five and seven. To register, please send an email to .

The evening event will begin at 6 p.m. with a welcoming address from Professor Dr habil. Jens Gebauer, Head of the Campus Greenhouse and Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems with a focus on Horticulture. From 6 to 8 p.m. visitors can learn more about the fascinating world of strawberries from students and partake in an assortment of delicious strawberry products. The evening will conclude with a guided tour of the climate chamber, the greenhouse’s collection of different strawberry plants, and of the adjacent campus showgarden and the barefoot sensory garden. For more information, please contact Franz-Josef Kuhnigk at

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