An urban garden grows at the windowsill, at terraces, in Cultural Centres and schools, in yards and next to railways, below picked up asphalt or in fallow land, it can be parceled out or organized communally, its fruits end in the fridge of a single household or in the big pot of a people`s kitchen. In an urban garden spring up friendships or even cooperatives for the distribution of ecological food. All types of urban gardens are a form of reclaiming unused spaces to transform them into gardens, giving them a sense.
While a city-dweller is used to buy all vegetables in any moment of the year, in his/her garden he/she will plant them according to the season. Thus to put the countryside into the city means to change the cities rhythm to the rhythm of the nature, but at the same time it means to respect the characteristics of an urban garden which is always subdued to the constant transformation of the city.
Where there is always more bored people waiting for anybody to entertain them in the urban environment, in Barcelona and its surroundings there is a lot of people who create spaces actively to bring nature and knowledge about our food to the city and at the same time they take care of a more healthy and conscious diet. This photo-documentary visualizes the gardens of this city as heterogeneous as its inhabitants and it shows the differences between the reclamation of space and the controlled distribution of parcels by the government.
Since a photograph is always only able to capture an extract of a certain moment and place, this project also only gets to show a part of the activities in the chosen places and only a small part of many gardens in Barcelona and surroundings.
The photos and texts of the present coverage are based in interviews made between May and June of 2009 with some of the people of every garden. Although I chose this way to present the places according to the vision of their users, it will always there will always be my own interpretation in it, because neither the camera nor the pen were passed to them.
* Not all the information of the following presentations of the gardens can be true to the actuality.