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Landesbund der Gartenfreunde Hamburg

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[Landesbund der Gartenfreunde Hamburg - full logo] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Mar 2007
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Landesbund der Gartenfreunde Hamburg e.V.

Brief History

There already existed allotment gardens before 1895. But it was April 1907, when for the very first time the Patriotic Society of 1765 (German: Patriotische Gesellschaft) tenured land for gardening from the City of Hamburg, which was afterwards called "family gardens of the Patriotic Society". In 1914 the existing 14 gardening-clubs formed an association, the "Verband Hamburger Schrebervereine" (rough translation: association of Hamburgs allotment clubs). Chairman was Heinrich Mittgard. As there was lack of food in WW1 another association was founded in order to self-supply the people of Hamburg with fruit, veges, herbs and potatoes. Their chairman was Rektor Trost and the association was called "Kleingartenbund Hamburg" (rough translation: union of small gardens in Hamburg). Both associations merged on 28 December 1918 forming the "Schreber- und Kleingartenbund Hamburg" (rough translation: allotment and small gardens union Hamburg), having 14 clubs as members.
On 31 July1919 a law about allotment gardening was introduced (German: Kleingarten- und Kleinpachtlandordnung). This caused chaos in the scene. The boards feeled restricted and left the association. After a "Reichsverband der Kleingärtner", some kind of all-German allotment gardeners association, was founded on 14 August 1921, there was also established its local branch der "Gauverband Hamburg". This made the chaos even bigger, because there existed three associations 1)"Schreber-und Kleingartenbund Hamburg"(Gauverband) with 66 clubs, 2)"Gemeinützige Freie Vereinigung Hamburger Kleingärtner e.V." (the former Patriotic Society) with 14 clubs and finally 3)"Hamburger Kleingartenbund e.V." (the rebels under Trost) with 17 clubs. Nevertheless on 26 September 1922 the "Schreber- und Kleingartenbund Bezirksverband Hamburg" (rough translation: allotment and small gardens district association Hamburg) was established. Chairman became Max Heimann. The association had local associations in Hamburg, Wandsbek, Altona, Wilhelmsburg and Harburg and all in all 116 clubs belonged to the new association. On 26 June 1945 Paul Brando became chairman of an association of meanwhile more than 300 clubs. He reestablished on 15 September 1945 the "Landesbund der Kleingärtner e.V." with 10 district associations. It was the predecessor of todays organisation.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Mar 2007

Flag of LBG

The Landesbund der Gartenfreunde (literal translation: association of garden's friends in Hamburg is an umbrella organisation of Hamburgs allotment gardeners club and has its own flag. On their webpage there are no images of the flag, but at least flags are offered with measurements as follows: 90cm x 150cm. This means, the association's flag must have ratio 3:5. It is a green over white over yellow horizontal tricolour. In the centre is the (small) coat of arms of Hamburg superimposed by a green spade in bend sinister.
Source: I spotted this flag in a garden in Hamburg-Billwerder on 9 December 2006.
For further information click: association page.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Mar 2007

Logo of LBG

[LBG Logo] image located by M. Schmöger, 12 July 2007


As for the variation, I've seen all variations. All images tinkered from image by Klaus-Michael Schneider; the arms, where used, are a rescaled and modified version of those by M. Schmöger. It's a complete set, as far as I'm aware of.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 Sep 2008

Variant with Castle only

[Landesbund der Gartenfreunde Hamburg - castle] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 Sep 2008

LBG flag with shield bearing the smallest arms of Hamburg.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 Sep 2008

Variant with Spade only

[Landesbund der Gartenfreunde Hamburg - spade] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 Sep 2008

LBG flag with red shield bearing a green spade.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 Sep 2008

Plain Variant

[Landesbund der Gartenfreunde Hamburg - plain flag] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 Sep 2008

LBG flag without shield (plain tricolour).
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 Sep 2008

Variant with "German Gold"

[Landesbund der Gartenfreunde Hamburg - German Gold] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Jul 2012

Due to newer observations a few flags have a 'German Gold' stripe at the bottom instead of the usual citric shade. Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 July 2012

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