Learning gardens spring upward in Tallinn


Tallinn’s new infatuation: instructional gardens

By encouraging the plant-growing endeavors, the town wishes to boost environmental consciousness

Home-growth of plants in Estonia’s funding Tallinn is becoming ever more common. Proof optimistic of this tendency is the statement which the Tallinn Environment and Public Utilities Board has received 77 programs from city associations asking assistance for the development and creation of instructional gardens.

Promoting green thinking 

According into Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf, by encouraging learning gardens that the town wishes to encourage green believing and increase ecological awareness. “Many urban institutions already have their own study gardens, where they learn about urban nature and the world around them through green horticulture, foster green thinking and environmental awareness, and promote a healthy and active lifestyle,” stated Klandorf, quoted by tallinn.ee.

Until 15 February 2021, Tallinn city authorities and municipally-run associations could submit applications for the establishment and growth of instructional gardens and environmental education activities. Applicants comprised kindergartens, various kinds of schools, cultural and youth centers, two museums, a library and orphanage.

Marina Laidla, project director of urban horticulture, clarified that every program was approached separately, considering the needs, interests and plasma peculiarities of their institution. “Thus, some institutions wanted to start building their learning garden more modestly and with a small number of boxes, others opted for a large garden featuring irrigation system, and some wished to add a health and adventure trail that promotes plant knowledge. Summing it up, I can say that the projects have become more comprehensive and the activities in the learning gardens more sustainable,” reasoned Laidla.

Gardening on movie

In alliance with the associations, videos are made from the gardens which received support this past year, in which the backyard founders introduce their notion. For instance, in the learning backyard of Rõõmutarekes kindergarten, a variety of food crops have been increased, winter sowing is experimented together and composting is purposely practiced. 

Gustav Adolf Gymnasium has assembled a roof garden together with the participation of IT pupils and is analyzing hydroponics and an automatic irrigation system. In that the Kalamaja Community Museum, following its extensive renovation, fish-shaped beds and thrilling fossils form one whole research space, engaging the inhabitants of one of the earliest Tallinn suburbs in horticultural and ecological education activities.

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