Not only parks, meadows and woods make Vienna a green city. Urban farms, allotments and garden shops supplement the green offering.
Everyone’s talking about Urban Gardening. You can also do things together in public gardens in Vienna. The City Farm Schönbrunnreally gets you in the mood for gardening. On the site of the dairy where Empress Sisi one grazed her animals, vegetable and flower beds have been planted on 4,000 m² to pique the joy of gardening and to enable people to develop themselves on courses and guided tours. Even honey is produced here – just a stone’s throw from the Schönbrunn Palace Park and zoo.
Increasing numbers of shops with a “green” offering can also be found. “Zweigstelle” is the name o
f the somewhat different kind of florist. Here, in addition to stylish floral arrangements and modern decorations for home and garden, you can also buy original souvenir, such as honey from the Lobau. Situated directly on Vienna’s Ringstraße, “Wohnkraft” offers garden furniture as well as sophisticated pots, vases, jugs, candles and more – preferentially from natural materials. At “Querbeet”, enter the world of ethno-botanics: herbs, seeds and plants as well as competent advice await you here. “Wildwuchs” is noted for unusual plants, quaint vases and organic wine – a casual flower shop that’s simply different. Mostly hand-made garden accessories can be purchased at Rita Allram’s “Blättergarten”, an oasis for garden decoration. Those who find their way to the leafy garden on the somewhat secluded Wilhelminenberg, will be rewarded with decorative items, such as lotus leaves and oak leaves cast in concrete in the wonderful private garden and exhibition.
The herb manufactory “henzls ernte” strives toward a special objective, whereby the wild herbs it collects as well as fruit and vegetables from neighboring gardens are processed and sold according to seasonal availability. The focus here is on food that does not have its origins in industrial production. The offering also includes wild vegetable hikes followed by processing.