It's difficult to imagine Berlin without its voids, free spaces and gardens.
Time runs more slowly in these places – quite and peaceful spots where you can get away from the noise and bustle of the big city.
It is this search for a community, a home, and nature that brings the Berliners and visitors to the urban gardens. They meet to talk, exchange thoughts and seeds, maintain the gardens or just relax and have fun. They try out new methods, develop new ideas, and also revive old traditions and share their knowledge with others. But this community life also demands responsibility, leads to discussions and arguments, and requires a willingness to cooperate with one another.
The gardens, shacks and tents and wagons at these places are mainly built of scrap wood and other free materials – that's what lends the gardens their charm of. They are wild and overgrown, but in all of them, there are signs that inform, explain, share and post opinions. Read more by downloading a PDF