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. At "Querbeet", enter the world of ethno-botanics: herbs, seeds and plants as well as competent advice await you here. Mostly hand-made garden accessories can be purchased at Rita Allram's "Blättergarten", an oasis for garden decoration. Those who find their way to the leafy garden on the somewhat secluded Wilhelminenberg, will be rewarded with decorative items, such as lotus leaves and oak leaves cast in concrete in the wonderful private garden and exhibition.
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.
City Farm AugartenObere Augartenstraße 1C, 1020 Wien
Wiental-Terrasse zwischen Redergasse und SpengergasseRedergasse/Spengergasse, 1050 Wien
Zweigstelle BoutiqueBauernmarkt 9, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
- Sa, 10:00 - 19:00
WohnkraftStubenring 22, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 19:00
- Sa, 10:00 - 17:00
QuerbeetNeubaugasse 71, 1070 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 19:00
- Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
BlättergartenHeiderichstraße 10, 1160 Wien
- See website for opening hours.