HARIBO Helps Fund German-American Friendship Garden Restoration in Washington, D.C.

On April 29, 2022, the Trust for the National Mall officially unveiled the restored German-American Friendship Garden in Washington, D.C. This historic restoration was possible due to our support, alongside Volkswagen, Bayer, Microsoft, Siemens and others.

Commemorating 300 years of German immigration to the U.S. and celebrating the long-standing friendship between the U.S. and Germany, the German-American Friendship Garden was dedicated in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

In 2018, the Trust for the National Mall, in partnership with the National Park Service and the German Embassy, embarked on a multi-year restoration of the garden – rejuvenating its plantings, planter beds and stone hardscape, and the resotration and rebuilding of two new fountains.

“When we learned of this important initiative, we knew right away we wanted to be part of it,” said Dr. Klaus Cannive, Senior Vice President, Corporate Legal & Internal Audit. “We’re proud to continue our relationship with the German Embassy and thrilled to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow corporate sponsors in making the garden an attractive destination again.”

In 2022, with the help of corporate donors including HARIBO, the garden is now complete and the unveiling ceremony celebrated the first time the fountains were turned on since the 1990s.

“The German American Friendship Garden symbolizes the strong relationship between our two nations and our shared values, and HARIBO is proud to be part of the restoration of this special part of the National Mall,” said Lauren Triffler, Director of Corporate Communications, HARIBO of America. “It’s an honor to be part of something so beautifully historic and to breathe new life into it, especially as we’re looking forward to another U.S. milestone for our business, our first-ever North American factory.”

More than 100 people attended the unveiling ceremony, seated in the garden situated on Constitution Avenue, in between the White House and the Washington Monument.