Last Friday I was lucky enough to be invited to the TagTomat summer celebration. It was a great afternoon for mingling with some of Scandinavian’s urban gardening enthusiasts and learning a trick or two about gardening in the city. TagTomat’s Mads and Christian gave demonstrations on how make DIY self watering portable garden beds at various scales. (video guides can be found at http://www.tagtomat.dk)
The concept of TagTomat began in 2011 in Copenhagen. Founder Mads began in his own backyard where the roof of his bike shed became a tomato garden. 3 years later and you can’t miss his logo on many of the cities pop up garden initiatives.
It has been unreal moving to Copenhagen, and submerging myself into the urban design world once again. My final design proposal whilst studying at QUT was a speculation for Alberslund Syd. It proposed a concept of urban gardening and bicycle recycling as a means for the community to support itself in a tough economic environment. The organisations and individuals i have met since moving here are actively contributing to this reality. Not in Alberslund Syd itself but throughout Copenhagen.
Creative Roots, a co-creative collective I have become involved with who are based in Fredricksberg, are working on a number of exciting projects that will involve the greater community to have an active roll in the resign of their public urban space. Including pop up gardens, open lads and street activation strategies.
Byhaven2200, which i could rave on and on about, is such a lovely place. Through focusing strongly on permaculture principles, this community garden is thriving in both social, political and environmental aspects. Every Wednesday 3-6pm and Saturday 12-3pm keen gardeners gather together to get there hands dirty. The reward is plentiful. This week I harvested so much leafy green veg, including kale, silverbeet varieties, lettuce, oregano, sage, mint, parsley, corn flowers and more.
It is a fantastic feeling to fall asleep at night smiling about how what was once a visualisation has become my reality.
I was honorer to receive the Landscape Architecture Australia prize for design communication in 2011 for Alberslund Cycle