Today I had the opportunity to visit Copenhagen School Gardens Københavns skolehaver. It is some kind of miracle, that these school gardens has survived through changing times. I was surprised by the number of school children having a small plot here. In one corner alone there is 200 childrens tiny plots!
Every school child gets a plot with a name label. The teachers help the children to sow the vegetables in a certain order, for the plants to support rather than shadow each other. In this way the pupils get more joy out of their effort. Here and there I noticed some individual deviations from the pattern. Some children bring seeds from home.
The small plots are set in a larger garden with common areas containing a huge variety of herbs, fruits, flowers and lawns where the children can play and rest. There is also a bee hive corner, hens and lots of wildlife. A long hazel walk is often visited by squirrels.
The school gardens contain both new and old houses. My favourite is the Pippi House. It was old and decaying, could hardly stand anymore. Now it is being restored, with financial help from another organisation.
A lot of tool are needed, when several classes work their gardens at the same time. Order is imperial. I enjoy the practical way they stack the water cans on a shaft.
I guess this is the first rose this year. It must be wonderful being a school child in these beautiful school gardens, with room for work and play.
Visit the school gardens homepage (in Danish):