To my surprise, and if I remember right, a reader of my blog told me once that garden areas are not common in his country. So, when I talk about garden areas in Germany, they are very common here and I don’t talk about gardens in front of any houses. What I am talking about are large areas where you find several hundred plots that citizens can rent. The thing is, some people live in apartment complex, others live in an apartment tower, which means they don’t have a garden in front of their home. And that is where the point of these large garden areas comes from, because anyone can rent a garden plot.
They are basically recreational areas for citizens that want to get out of their apartment. And it doesn’t even cost a lot of money, it’s incredibly cheap and does only cost a yearly payment that anyone can afford. Most districts have at least one or two garden areas. Here in our city you find them everywhere, but it’s not much different in other cities. But even if it’s cheap to rent one of these plots, there are certain requirements that can vary depending on where you rent the plot. But usually they really just want that you grow things, that you take care and that you are a good community member.
Most people are realists and know a garden is work. There are basically three groups of people. The first group knows that a garden means work, and they accept that and the result of their work is a beautiful garden. The second group knows too that a garden means work, which is why they don’t want to rent one. And then you have the third group, they want to rent a garden because they have seen that gardens are beautiful, but soon they realize that a garden doesn’t become beautiful on its own. The third group is the reason why you find abandoned and overgrown garden plots in these areas too. Yes, some people don’t expect that it would be work.
These given up plots might not be beautiful for some, but as a photographer and someone who appreciates abandoned things, I see it differently. I mean you can find abandoned architecture beautiful or interesting as a photographer, but it doesn’t mean that you want to live in an abandoned structure. Same counts here with the abandoned garden plots, they look interesting because nature doesn’t need a lot of time to claim every square centimeter back. That’s what I find interesting about it.