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). One such project, the Wiental terraces will see giant sundecks installed above the Wienfluss river ready for planting with orchard trees and fruit bushes. Green facades, communal gardens and urban gardening are among the other alternative concepts at work in Vienna to increase the amount of greenery in the heart of the city.

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. Situated directly on Vienna's Ringstraße, "Wohnkraft" offers garden furniture as well as sophisticated pots, vases, jugs, candles and more - preferentially from natural materials.

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.

Wiental-Terrasse zwischen Redergasse und Spengergasse

Redergasse/Spengergasse, 1050 Wien
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Zweigstelle Boutique

Bauernmarkt 9, 1010 Wien
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Stubenring 22, 1010 Wien
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Henzls Ernte

Kettenbrückengasse 3, 1050 Wien
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