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.
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.
Omstilling Sagene– a 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.