Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel was born on December 18, 1865 in Lohmen, just 25 kilometers away from the Saxon capital of Dresden. He was trained as a gardener in the royal gardens of Pillnitz, the summer palace of the Saxon kings. Specializing in tropical plants, he moved on to India via Hamburg and London. On the occasion of his 150th birthday, he was honored with an exhibition at Pillnitz Palace. Palace and gardens are open to the public today. The nearby pier is the starting point for the most popular ride on the historic steamboats of the Saxon Steamboat Company, taking passengers back to Dresden’s city centre in an hour through the Dresden Elbe Valley which was once declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its perfect harmony of architecture and nature.