City Garden 2200
Located on the corner of Stefansgade and Hørsholmsgade in Nørrebro, City Garden 2200 is one of Copenhagen’s newest urban gardens. Part of a growing network of urban gardens, this project by local residents consists of 20 large raised beds winding with almost architectural beauty down through the garden in a peaceful corner of Hørsholm Park.
The raised beds are designed to ensure that plants grow in healthy, unpolluted soil. Edged with bark-covered timber, City Garden 2200’s beautiful beds seem to merge naturally into their surroundings.
They are all different shapes and sizes, and feature handwritten signs explaining what’s growing in them: wild garlic, squash, leeks, potatoes, green peas, spinach, asparagus, onions, tomatoes, beans, rocket, strawberries, rhubarb, redcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries. In other words, almost everything you would want from a fruit and vegetable garden.
In the midst of it all are small, spiralling brick towers on which grow herbs of all kinds. Out towards the surrounding traffic arteries, one of which is the Nørrebro cycle route, the garden is bordered by low hedges, while the rest of the park is sheltered by a series of tall, newly planted pines.
Anybody can sign up for the urban gardens. No pesticides or fertilisers are allowed. Wherever possible, recycled materials are used, such as the planks that line the raised beds in Hørsholm Park. Everything is grown according to organic principles – for example, different crops are grown side by side in order to enrich the soil with nutrients and prevent weeds.
In the middle of City Garden 2200 is a large, communal table surrounded by benches, where residents are able to partake of seasonal produce harvested from the ground.
The garden also offers plenty of opportunities for children to play ball or go wild in the playground in nearby Nørrebro Park, while the adults enjoy the sun and a picnic.
Photo: Søren Rud