Community garden in Bordeaux

The idea of community gardens is spreading ever more and more in cities, which is a healthy and socially valuable development. Grey space gets green, the plants improve the microclimate, planting and gardening together are friendship making activities and in the end – sharing some fruits, vegetables or flowers together rewards for all efforts. The organisation and work behind are not to be underestimated and can be seen as a place making process, that also contributes to a higher connectivity and identity of the residents with the place. In my time as a student of landscape planning in Bordeaux I have found a tiny but lovely community garden in a pedestrian zone, maintained by a school and a social association. It consists only of two stripes along two buildings, fixed with sand sacks and wooden sticks. Only a few squaremeters are greened along the house facades, but there is an olive tree and wild wine growing, in the middle of the historical centre of Bordeaux! The one graffiti-sprayed building seems to be abandoned, at least the ground floor, but the beds and bushes improve the appearance of the scene. For me it shows how simple and effective in both ways urban gardening can be.

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