Interior of the shop "Zweigstelle"
© Lukas Lorenz

Urban gardens and green shops

Urban gardening, the use and development of inner-city areas for gardening purposes, has already made inroads into many large cities. Vienna also offers the opportunity to design public gardens together. The City Farm, which has cultivated a 4,000 square-meter area in the Augarten since September 2018, really gets you in the mood for gardening. The former arboretum quarters are being brought back to life, hosting Vienna’s largest tomato collection in the summer and presenting the city’s only show garden with fresh vegetables in the winter — just a stone’s throw away from the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory.

There is even an urban garden in the middle of the city: The Karlsgarten is Vienna’s first display and research garden for urban agriculture and is situated in the middle of Karlsplatz. Various types of fruit, vegetables and grains are cultivated in an area of 2,000m2. Anyone who would like to contribute to the gardening may look around a community or district garden in their area. The city of Vienna offers amateur gardeners an area which they can garden themselves, and charges a user fee. You can find more information here (german).

Green Shopping

Increasing numbers of shops with a "green" offering can also be found. "Zweigstelle" is the name of the somewhat different kind of florist. Here, in addition to stylish floral arrangements and modern decorations for home and garden, you can also buy original souvenir. Right on Vienna's Ringstrasse boulevard, below the old stock exchange, Lederleitner entices you into a green paradise. The repertoire ranges from unusual flowers, lush plants, pots, vases, pitchers and candles, to everything necessary for the garden: watering cans, garden gloves and, of course, furniture.

The herb manufactory "Henzls Ernte" strives toward a special objective, whereby the wild herbs it collects as well as fruit and vegetables from neighboring gardens are processed and sold according to seasonal availability. The focus here is on food that does not have its origins in industrial production. The offering also includes wild vegetable hikes followed by processing. Fruit and vegetables that are too small, too big, or too much for the food trade are processed by the company Unverschwendet – which translates as Unwasted – into jams, syrup, chutneys, pickles and much more. The products are available to buy in a small store on the Schwendermarkt in the 15th district as well as online. A nice project with sustainability in mind.

Zweigstelle Boutique

Bauernmarkt 9, 1010 Wien
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Schottenring 16 , 1010 Wien
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Henzls Ernte

Kettenbrückengasse 3, 1050 Wien
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Schwendermarkt Stand 18, 1150 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 15:00 - 18:00
    • We, 15:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 15:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 15:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 08:00 - 12:00
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