German-American Friendship Garden

Title

German-American Friendship Garden

Description

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan created a Presidential Commission to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of 13 German Mennonite families in Pennsylvania. The Commission decided to create a German-American Friendship Garden on the National Mall. Donations to support the project came from American and West German businesses; in the 1980s, Germany was divided into two countries, West Germany and East Germany. The garden was dedicated on November 15, 1988.

Date

10/05/1983 (Groundbreaking)
11/15/1988 (Dedication)

Coverage

Physical Description

The garden features plants native to Germany and the United States. During the warmer months, there are two active fountains. From the many benches in the garden, visitors have an excellent view of the Ellipse and the Washington Monument.

Description

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan created a Presidential Commission to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of 13 German Mennonite families in Pennsylvania. The Commission decided to create a German-American Friendship Garden on the National Mall. Donations to support the project came from American and West German businesses; in the 1980s, Germany was divided into two countries, West Germany and East Germany. The garden was dedicated on November 15, 1988.

Date

10/05/1983 (Groundbreaking)

Coverage

1980-1999