Intercultural Gardens in Germany

Intercultural gardens allow immigrants to rent plots of land and plant gardens. They can work side-by-side with Germans — pursuing their gardening hobby, carving out a niche for themselves in a foreign country and improving their German. Many of the foreign gardeners cultivate plants and herbs from their home countries, which they otherwise can’t find in Germany.
The classic mini-gardens rented by individuals in Germany — known as Schrebergärten — are renowned for being tiny plots of land, made even smaller by fences closing them in like fortresses, each gardener relatively cut off from his or her neighbour.
But in this huge intercultural garden, each plot is open to the other, separated only by a strip of grass. There is just a chain-link fence that surrounds the entire field to keep out rabbits and dogs, and even foxes.
The idea behind intercultural gardens is not separation, but integration.
Besides the agricultural work, what unites the gardeners is that they all speak German with one another. It is good practice for those who are new in the country and are learning the language.
In the evenings or on the weekends, after the garden work is done, club members barbecue and make salad. Sitting down together to share some of the fruits of their labour.
Excerpted from: Deutsche Welle