Oslo Garden

A blog about gardening in Oslo, Norway

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Organisations running events/ courses/ practical opportunities

Abilsø blomsterhagen – A cutting flower garden with an online shop and hands on courses in floristry and how to grow a cutting garden.

Blindern Student Garden Association– a school garden on the Blindern campus run by students of the University of Oslo.

The Botanical Garden Oslo– packed full of botanical plants on show, wonderful willow sculptures  and a little garden shop. Plus a programme of guided tours, diverse workshops, events and Spring plant sales. A permanent outdoor Viking Garden, that opened in 2014, is situated next to Jens Bjelkes gata entrance.

Bygdø Kongsgård -Oslo’s largest organic milk producer with riding stables, organic food production and horticulture. Open for visits and runs events and courses.

Det Norske Hageselskapet– Norway’s Gardening Society with local groups all over the country. Organises Åpene Hager (Open gardens) and discussion forum: Hagepraten

Geitmyra Culinary Centre for Children situated near Geitmyra Skolehage but a separate enterprise focussing on food education and food growing-related activities. Day visits for schools and nurseries, kids’ food courses, workshops and open farm days for families. They now have a dedicated website on organic growing called urban dyrking.

Geitmyra skolehage i Oslo– a fantastic four acre allotment site established in 1909 which is open and free to visit. An orchard, hens, beehive and pond alongside a mixture of allotment plots for schools, private individuals and community groups. Hosts an annual Family Day in September.

Herligheten– an urban food initiative with allotments right at the heart of the city centre development in Bjørvika. It is part of Losæter, newly formed cultural institution that relates to art and urban food production. Runs courses, events and opportunities to get involved in urban farming.

Kampen Organic Farm– a lovely city farm near Ensjø station. Also opportunities for kids to help out on the farm/stables.

Majobo urban gardening and community agriculture initiatives in Oslo with its off-shoot initiative called Nabolagshager, a centre for urban farming with information, events and courses in gardening/vegetable growing and composting.

Oikos.no– Norway’s movement of organic producers. A listing of what’s going on in Oslo can be found here. Opportunities to help on their allotment at Geitmyra (skolehage) allotment site.

Omstilling Sagenea Transition Town initiative for residents in the Oslo district, Sagene promoting sustainability. Organises lots of community events.

Parkens grøde– an experimental urban growing project in Sagene district.

General initiatives

Bees

Norwegian Beekeeping Association- www.norges-birokterlag.no

Bybi– the Oslo branch of the Birøkterlag with urban beekeeping courses and activities.

Norway Bumblebee Association helping to protect bumblebees offering bee walks, activities and courses.

School gardening

Norges Miljø og Biovitenskapelige Universitet (NMBU)- University of Life Sciences runs continuing education courses for teachers in school gardens and sustainable learning.

skolehage.no– a collaborative initiative to promote school gardening in Norway. Runs general talks, an annual School Garden seminar and school garden workshops for teachers in the spring.

Norwegian Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research- bioforsk.no– has a dedicated mini site on school gardens

Allotments

Norske Kolonihage Forbund (Norwegian Allotment Association)- history and details of the country’s various allotments.

There are typically long waiting lists for allotments but details of all the sites in Oslo, background research and contacts to sign up for each allotment can be found at parsellhager.no.

Egebergløkka parsellhage– allotment gardens on Telthusbakken formed in 1917. Check out Honey for sale days!

Edible perennial growing

A very informative website on growing edible perennial plants – edimentals.com– with details of foraging trips, talks and workshops organised by Stephen Barstow. Stephen also co co-ordinates the Norwegian Seed Savers.

Efferus– information on Forest Gardening in Norway and a supplier of edible perennial plant seeds

Seeds

Frø bibliotek– Norway’s first seed library at Torshov Deichmanske library. Take and donate seeds.

Solhatt – online seed store- GMO-free and organic (and some biodynamic) vegetables and green manures.

Urtekilden– index of medicinal plants and shop

Garden Living– A lot of different variety of flower seeds, bulbs and vegetables not found on the high street

Nelson– largest seller of seeds for Norwegian, Finnish and Danish markets. Stocked in main garden centres- Plantasjen and Hageland

Other general links

Hagemessen– Norway’s biggest annual 3-day gardening exhibition in Lillestrøm

Agropub– information on organic farming and agronomics in Norway

Slowpix– connected to the slow food movement detailing international (including Norwegian) food growing projects and food selling enterprises

NIBIO– Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research- current research on themes such as forestry, natural resources, plant varieties, biotechnology and food health.

Gueriljahage- Guerilla Gardening in Oslo- facebook page

Permaculture association in Norway

Øverland Andelslandbruk– Community Supported Agriculture scheme in Bærum. Has a long waiting list but more information about setting up your own similar co-operative can be found at Andelslanbruk

Norway’s Biodynamic Association – www.biodynamisk.no

Nordgen– is a Nordic organisation dedicated to the safeguarding and sustainable use of plants, farm animals and forests. Also has an annual sale of heritage seeds.

Hagegal– A gardening forum with gardeners’ questions & discussions

Norske Økosamfunnshus Forening– a  non-profit organisation promoting eco and sustainable communities.

 

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