From Grey to Green: Europe’s largest Sky Garden opens to the Public

An exciting project is developing in Berlin right now. In the middle of the densely populated German capital a group of volunteers are building Europe’s largest community roof garden on a parking deck. The 12.000 m² surface has not been used since 2003. 22 meters above ground level vegetables, fruits and herbs will be growing in the near future on euro pallets, in carton boxes and in rice bags.

Everybody can join in; there will be community beddings which can be cared for by groups of people and other lots which can be rent. The main idea behind the Himmelsbeet (Sky garden), as it is called, is that people are being brought together through working with natural resources and that city dwellers learn how to  produce own food from regional grounds. Schools and kindergardens can go there to teach the children about planting and growing, there will be workshops about gardening and even a café on the rooftop. The demand is high for such a project, there are already waiting lists for the beddings.

The project is depending on donations, the organization is non-profit based and needs support. The company Neudorff is donating soil and other materials.

The roof garden will be open for the public in May and the initiators are more than excited about. this europewide unprecedented gardening project ; if it were successful it could be a great example for other cities worldwide. 

Further Information:  Himmelsbeet / Neudorff

Flower Shows and Garden Exhibitions in 2013

2013 is going to be a great year for garden exhibitions and flower shows all over the world. Whether you want to check out the recent trends in gardening and horticulture, meet new people, learn about seeding and cultivating plants in one of the many seminars or just want to be simply amazed by the most beautiful flowers, you’ll find plenty of opportunities.

Especially in spring there is a wide choice of exhibitions small ones and large ones in the USA, like the Washington Home and Garden Show, which is the largest garden show on the east coast. Or you come over to Germany, for example to the Internationale Gartenschau (IGS, International Garden Show) in Hamburg. It will be in the district of Wilhelmsburg, on Europe’s largest river island from April 26th to October 13th. This year’s motto is “Around the World in Eighty Gardens”.

Whichever garden shows you decide to visit, you can be sure to learn a lot about what customers in the green sector want and what their current preferences are.

There is a huge listing of flower and garden shows in the USA, Great Britain and other parts of the world over at: gardening.about.com