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Gardens in Germany: Schrebergärten Exhibition

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 7th, 2010

Source: Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network

When travelling through Germany by train, they can be seen everywhere in the vicinity of large cities: ‘Schrebergärten’, groups of small fenced allotment gardens, all in perfect alignment to each other.  The first allotment gardens in Germany, the ‘Schrebergärten’ originated in Leipzig. They were established as school gardens by Dr. Karl Gsell, who named them after his physician father in law, however it was Ernst Innocent Hauschild, a school principal, whose interest led to the founding of the first Schrebergarten Association in 1864.

These small recreational islands were intended to provide better nutrition, contact with nature and fresh air – a real benefit for the people, especially the city children of the industrial era. Garden allotments could alleviate the longing for life in the country and the freedom of working, relaxing and playing outdoors. And for people living in cities they played an important role in the growing of food supplies during times of crisis, war and post-war famine.

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