Intercultural dialogue – the example of the Integration Garten am Schlaatz

Where this takes place more than in an Intercultural garden? Carla Villwock, from the Integrationsgarten am Schlaatz, talks about her experience in her garden.

In our garden, families from over 20 different nations come, some of them live in the immediate vicinity in the adjacent residential area. Many families have been active for years here and have a private little bed on the site. Common gardening and the exchange of knowledge and experience is an important part of the intercultural gardens.

This takes place among others in the Garden House, the fireplace or the clay oven. Here also common festivals are organized and aligned family celebrations.

Children especially love the garden. They feel very comfortable here and they look every year forward when the school garden offer will begin. Thanks to a close cooperation with the elementary school next door, the kids know the garden and sometimes they bring their parents to show what they have done in the garden today, or how beautiful everything blooms and grows.

In our garden there is a high sensitivity to the community, said Carla Villwock.

That they have great support they have experienced several times. Several times, the house was burned down and always a lot of people and businesses have found to revive the garden and build the garden house. Plants and trees were donated and planted together.
Meanwhile, there is a stone house and the police keeping an eye on us. Unfortunately, there are still rightist people who dislike our garden.

We provide these people with something contrary to our open garden and take each as he or she comes to us with open arms in welcome.

Everyone here is just a gardener.

It’s about togetherness, experience exchange among each other and that’s why something in common. “That combines the most.”, so Carla Villwock.

The next possibility to get to know our garden is the 21 of September, the day of Open Garden.