The English Garden
Gardening is one of the greatest passions of the British. The first British landscape parks were created as early as the 18th century. Instead of the strictly geometrical forms of the then prevailing baroque, they were inspired by the idyllic wilderness of landscape painting. Over a total of 6,000 hilly square metres, you’ll find extensive meadows, a fruit tree grove, a rose garden, perennial beds and a vegetable garden. By the way, the vegetable garden is best visited just after harvest time: For a small donation, you can export vegetables from there straight into your home saucepan.
There was a long way to go before all those involved in the planning of the garden came to a common denominator. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district, its partner city of Halton presented the Gärten der Welt with the first draft for the English Garden. Initially, however, a suitable location could not be found and 500 square metres were considered insufficient. As a result, it was decided to hold a contest which was won by Austin-Smith: Lord of Manchester. During the decision phase, Halton’s garden manager provided the main arguments for today's cottage garden. The garden was opened in 2017 as part of the IGA Berlin.
In the middle of the garden is a thatched cottage, which is in no way inferior to its Anglo-Saxon model. And what else does a British afternoon require? A cup of Earl Grey of course, as well as a classic cucumber sandwich and two to five delicious scones. All this and much more is on the menu of the cottage restaurant.