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A Community Garden in Berlin Friedrichshain


Benefit party in Schenkladen (free shop) & Supamolly
on 1st November from 6 pm till 6 am


Tea and wine
7 pm A READING from our book:
„Von Grasmöbeln, 1€-Jobs und Anderem“

dance performance and maybe more...


- SUBWAY TANGO: from folk to waltz
- ALICE DEE: Happy Hip Hop
- HER GOLDEN WHIP Klezmer Ska Punk

- DJ CUP OF JAZZ, Elektroswing
- DJANE M.PHASE (trans@electro, VEB Ponyhof)

More details here:

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On 6th September 2013 from 5pm
Dedication of the monument to a lost free space!

Venue: Kinzigstrasse 11-3 pm, Friedrichshain

From 2004 until 2009 there was a community-organised garden and a dog park in this place. With remembrance of our own loss, we consider the processes of urban exclusion and the resistance against it. We mean, that free spaces should be kept and indeed expanded. For the dedication of the rosa commemoration plaque in the pavement, we invite you to a neighbourhood celebration.

All welcome!

Bring stilts, ladders and shovels!


A monument to a dereliction -
The community garden »Rosa Rose« unveils a remembrance.

»Rosa Rose« remembers the evicted former community garden on Kinzigstrasse, Friedrichshain. Memorial plaques will be set into the pavement in front of the now locked up area by the gardener activists. The idea and realisation come from »Rosa Rose« and the permission from the city council - a therefore official monument to the former derelict site.

The dedication takes place on 06/09/13 from 5 pm, with an accompanying neighbourhood celebration.
Venue: Kinzigstrasse 11-3pm, Friedrichshain

The monument consists of multiple rosa concrete blocks, which were set into the pavement areas of the three former garden allotments. The writing says: »Here, between 2004 and 2009, we revitalised a free space. Rosa Rose Garden. Another world is plantable.« In 2012 a decision by the city councillors of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg authorised the creation of the monument.

With the founding of the community garden, the littered-up, derelict site at Kinzigstraße 11-15 was transformed into a blooming neighbourhood garden with an adjacent dog park. It was a free place of neighbourly meeting and experimentation and learning of gardening. As the financial value of the district increased, investors acquired property on the community garden site and in 2008 and 2009 enforced their interests in the face of the residents and users with the help of state repression - a story of gentrification, as has become typical for Berlin and lately, Friedrichshain.

After such a defeat, for many active projects the matter of how to continue and how to react to the experienced injustices, became a pressing one.

In the lucky case of »Rosa Rose«, alternative accomodation was found on Jessnerstraße. Many plants could be transferred directly; the community remained in existence and renewed itself. However - with the loss, something came into existencen, which with the monument should actively be held in mind: the knowledge of better alternatives, which can be applied to existing arrangements as a template.

Erna N. (74, resident of Kinzigstraße):
"Since the garden hasn't been here anymore, something is missing in the street. People should at least know, that it wasn't always like this."

Maya Sankovska (36, gardener activist with »Rosa Rose«):
"For our garden community the struggle to participate in the development of the city remains an important matter. Currently the disappearance of empty lots is of concern, since they traditionally represent places for community action."

Incomplete list of neighbouring evicted places, which have no monuments:
Exchange Shop »Systemfehler«, Scharnweberstr. 29,
The House Project »Liebig 14«,
Empty lot takeover »Bambiland«, Rigaerstr. 22,
Squatted House, Rigaerstr. 19,
various House Projects on Mainzerstraße, …

In Solidarity with the currently threatened projects:
KvU, Linie 206, Vetomat, Antje Øklesund, Erwin Zola, Rummelplatz and many more.

We hold regular meetings on the 7th of each month. In order to get in touch with us, join in or get to know us, please just come to one of these meetings. Alternatively, it is also quite likely that there will be someone in the garden in Jessnerstr. so just drop by and see us there. Since the gates are not locked the garden is always accessible to the public.

Rosa Rose continues to grow!

A Community Garden in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

... a garden for everyone ...

We want to facilitate urban gardening independent of ownership structure, and without means. On a public green area at Jessnerstraße we grow vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants; yet there is enough space to bum around on the meadow or to have a barbecue. The free use of the garden is assured by a contract with the borough office.

Everyone who wants to take part is warmly invited - just drop in at the garden! During the gardening season we often meet in the evenings for common gardening.

Please research our website ahead of journalistic requests.

Rosa Rose 3.0

Access via Jessnerstraße 3 or 13 - 10247 Berlin -

After the foundation on a private fallow area on Kinzigstrasse in 2004, the expulsion by investors (2008 + 2009), and a wintry intermezzo on a Liegenschaftsfonds space (2009/2010), a new chapter of Rosa Rose began on the green space on Jessnerstrasse in April 2010. Through these places, parts of the group and the plants have also been renewed. What remains is the idea of a communal garden, a garden of all, and for everybody. We had to clear our goals with private investors, with the Berlin Liegenschaftsfonds, and now with the local Bezirksamt, and we were met with varying success.

Through these stages, Rosa Rose’s own history has repeated a trend which is entirely typical for the international town garden movement. Many gardens begin as guerrilla gardens in local neighborhoods, and many of them are destroyed sooner or later by force. In spite of this unfortunate history, a strong neighbourhood cohesion has built up over time for the Rosa Rose. Rosa Rose became a frequent object of academic study, as well as the subject of press reporting. This has paved the way for the recognition of our civic engagement, and it is now partly responsible for the negotiation of a institutionalized solution (yet with the borough administration only).

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