The German viticulture expert and pomologist Hermann Goethe (1837-1911) attended the Agricultural Academy in Hohenheim. From 1860 he was head gardener at the pomological institute (fruit growing) in Reutlingen, from 1862 director of the agricultural horticultural school in Obergoblitz near Dresden, from 1865 teacher for horticulture at the horticultural school in Karlsruhe and finally from 1869 director of the pomological gardens in Geisenheim. As a travelling teacher he founded the fruit and wine growing school in Marburg (Maribor in today's Slovenia) in 1872 and developed it into a trend-setting model institution. Here he selected the famous rootstock vine Goethe Rupestris No. 9, named after him.
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