When Berlin buds and blossoms. Environmentally-conscious inhabitants of the city are growing high-quality organic fruit and vegetables in parks and on vacant plots, thereby creating an awareness for the way produce is sourced and how it is grown in the middle of the city: urban gardening has been a trend in the capital for quite some time.
Berlin’s urban gardening projects are organised by a range of associations, initiatives and groups of volunteers, and all have one thing in common: they aim to make city life brighter and more beautiful, adding a little bit of nature to the urban jungle while bringing people together and encouraging a sense of community spirit. Along with sharing the pleasures of gardening, many projects also offer a range of workshops and cultural events.
We’re happy to share a number of these urban gardening projects with you:
Together with a large number of industrious neighbours, the Nomadisch Grün collective on Kreuzberg’s Moritzplatz grows high-quality and delicious organic fruit and vegetables. Along with the gardening work, the community uses the former vacant plot measuring 6,000 m2 as a place of learning – there are a range of workshops and tours that teach participants not only how to sow, plant and harvest crops, but also all about seed production, processing and conserving vegetables, bee-keeping, vermicompost and developing new DIY methods of cultivation.
Apart from the location at Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg, which opened in 2009, the collective has also been cultivating another community garden at the Neuer St. Jacobi cemetery in Neukölln since the beginning of 2019.
And best of all: the garden café at Moritzplatz uses the fruit and vegetables grown there to create tasty meals. It is open from 10 am to at least 6 pm from April to October, and it’s well worth stopping by.
The Kreuzboerg flea market is also held at Prinzessinnengärten every second Sunday.
Prinzessinnengärten opening hours:
Daily from 10 am to 10 pm
An urban gardening project has also been established on Tempelhofer Feld, one of the largest inner-city open spaces in the world. The Almende-Kontor e.V. community garden cultivates raised beds in an area measuring a good 5,000 m2 in the area of the park near Oderstraße.
Workshops and tours are also offered here.
You can simply enjoy the peace and quiet of nature on the grounds of the community garden – please show consideration for the garden and the gardeners hard at work.
Tempelhofer Feld opening hours:
Daily from 6 am to 10.30 pm (winter month 7:30 am to 5 pm)
Whether digging in the earth or actively doing nothing while taking it easy, everyone is more than welcome to spend time at himmelbeet. The intercultural urban gardening project in Wedding not only has garden beds for lease and areas that are cultivated by the community, but also offers workshops and organises events about different aspects of horticulture and social and ecological issues.
The fruit, vegetables and, since recently, mushrooms being grown here are now served directly from farm to fork in the garden café, deliciously prepared and exclusively vegetarian and vegan. You can dine on tasty dishes at fair prices on benches made of repurposed pallets and show your support for the initiative.
The garden is, incidentally, wheelchair accessible and aims to provide a place where everyone can enjoy the good life. himmelbeet will be remaining at its current address at Ruheplatzstraße 12, not far from Leopoldplatz, until 2020, after which it is likely to move to a new location on Nordufer in Wedding.
himmelbeet opening hours (April to October):
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Opening hours of the garden café (April to October):
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Amateur gardeners also grow their own fruit and vegetables in what is known as Mörchenpark at Holzmarkt in Friedrichshain, and also take care of the green spaces on the grounds.
The association offers a range of workshops and courses related to gardening in the city. You can also enjoy a drink or two and tasty snacks in the Holzmarkt creative artists’ village directly next to the River Spree, which thanks to Mörchenpark e.V., is also an oasis of greenery.
daily 2 pm to 7 pm
What is probably Berlin’s highest urban gardening project, Horstwirtschaft, is located at Klunkerkranich on the roof of the Neukölln Arkaden shopping centre. You can learn all about herbs and plants used to produce dyes, and enjoy a spectacular view over the capital. Horstwirtschaft is open to visitors during Klunkerkranich’s opening hours, and entry is free of charge, as the garden is there for everyone. You can watch over the gardeners’ shoulders while they work on Wednesdays from 2 pm to 6 pm, and you can enjoy a drink or two and some tasty snacks at Klunkerkranich while savouring the atmosphere in the creative roof garden.
Opening hours of Klunkerkranich, including Horstwirtschaft:
Daily from April to October from 12 pm to 2 am
Shorter opening hours in the low season
Stop by one of the many urban gardening projects to take a look, show you support and take some inspiration home with you.