Unlike Phyllis, I don’t have a backyard to garden in, but I am a member of a young community garden, Bürgergarten Laskerwiese. Anke recently photographed me weeding my vegetable bed there, 10 square meters (90 square feet) which I share with Marko. You are invited to visit us this Saturday, when the gardeners will be hosting an open house as part of the Berlin-wide festival Langer Tag der Stadtnatur (Long Day of Urban Nature).
The festival will run from Saturday morning through Sunday evening and includes everything from tours of courtyard gardens hidden behind apartment buildings to nighttime searches for wild boars, which are rampant in many of Berlin’s larger parks! A look through the jam-packed program gives you a colorful picture of all the parks, zoos, teaching farms and other nature-oriented projects and non-profits in our verdant city.
At our garden, we’ll be offering tours at 4pm and 6pm, and in between, a workshop on soil- and water-testing (which I will be helping to teach!) and snacks from the garden. Also, the ecological youth club next door will be grilling bratwurst and baking bread in their clay oven, with all food and drink available for modest prices. You can find us near S-Bahnhof Ostbahnhof at 6-8 Laskerstraße.
Hope to see you there!