Meadow with red poppies

Wild variety in the museum

Meadow with red poppies

Information on the cooperation project

The "WILD DIVERSITY in the Museum" project is a cooperation between the Rheinische Kulturlandschaft Foundation (project sponsor) and the LVR Open-Air Museum in Kommern (cooperation partner). The three-year project is funded by the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation for the Environment and Development , the German Postcode Lottery and the Förderverein Rheinisches Freilichtmuseum Kommern e.V.

Valuable wild herbs

Species-rich occurrences of wild herbs have many important functions for humans, animals and the ecosystem. These plants are an essential part of food chains. They serve as food for pollinators and other "beneficials", e.g. B. Birds as antagonists of pathogens. They are used as wild vegetables and medicinal plants. They protect against soil erosion. They improve soil fertility. They beautify the cultural landscape. They push back "problem weeds".



Stiftung Rheinische Kulturlandschaft
Rochusstraße 18, 53123 Bonn
Tel. 0228 - 90907210

Cooperation partner

LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern
Rheinisches Landesmuseum für Volkskunde
Eickser Straße, 53894 Mechernich
Tel. 02443 - 99800


The aim of the project is the preservation and propagation of wild plants, some of which have become rare – popularly known as “weeds”. Of particular interest are the plants that occur either along paths (ruderal) or in arable land (segetal). Many people's sense of order and the changed, intensive agriculture resulted in a sharp decline in these species.
The project "WILDE DIVERSITY in the Museum" comprises four modules with different focal points, which build on each other and also extend in parallel over the entire duration:
  • capture and receive
  • to make visible
  • impart
  • carry on

Circular route to the wild variety in the museum

A circular path leads to ten protection areas for wild plants through the open-air museum.
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You can get a flyer about the project with a map of the circular route at the museum ticket office and at various points on the museum grounds.
Each protective area is marked with a numbered sign.
The signs indicate the plant communities that can be found here.
You can get more information about the individual protective areas by scanning the QR code on the signs with a QR code reader on your smartphone.

Become a weed sponsor!

Do you enjoy gardening, are you interested in preserving rare plant species and are you looking for a new hobby? Then a voluntary weed sponsorship could be the right thing for you! In the "Wild Diversity in the Museum" project, you now have the opportunity to take part in a free weed sponsor training course. In 2022, this course will be offered a third – and for the time being last – time.
Update (02/16/2022): The course is now fully booked, but interested parties can still be put on the waiting list.
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Why is?
In the three-year nature conservation project "Wild Diversity in the Museum", rare wild plant species from the fields and villages in the LVR open-air museum in Kommern are preserved. Many rare wild herbs need the right location and special care in order to develop well.
This is done by botanically experienced employees of our foundation, who pass on their many years of experience in collecting, propagating and caring for these species in the courses. They are supported by the museum staff.
What are weed sponsors?
To ensure that the preservation of the "herbal rarities" continues after the end of the project, we are looking for plant-loving young people and adults who would like to volunteer as long-term weed sponsors in the horticultural care of the museum.
In three-part courses, they receive the theoretical and practical tools they need to be able to permanently conserve endangered wild herbs together with other volunteers and the museum staff.
In addition, weed meetings are offered several times a month for the common care of the rare species, in which the knowledge imparted can be further deepened and consolidated.
In addition to practical gardening, many weed sponsors also enjoy passing on their knowledge to museum guests. If you want, you can use the wild herb sponsor ID card to show that you can be contacted by interested parties.
Where are the courses held?
All course days take place on the premises of the LVR open-air museum in Kommern in Mechernich.
How long are the individual course days?
The three course days with theory and practical units last about 2.5 hours per appointment.
The duration of the additional wild herb meetings, in which the practice is deepened, is agreed individually with the course leaders. It is usually 2 to 4 hours per meeting.
If you want, you can also take on fixed tasks alone or together with other volunteers and carry them out independently and flexibly after an introduction.
When does the next course start?
Friday, August 26, 2022 at 4:30 p.m
The participants coordinate the dates of the additional wild herb meetings in the museum with the course leaders. Some of them will probably take place on weekends.
Incurred costs?
The course is free for all participants.
Travel expenses can be covered proportionately.

The sponsors of LVR-open air museum Kommern: