[Tagging] RFC - facade gardens

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Thu Apr 8 07:22:48 UTC 2021

In Dutch it's called a "geveltuintje", that is, a little 'garden' near a

Without the diminutive of endearment, it's a small plant bed, just big
enough for a few shrubs or flowers. I have seen miniature windmills, wooden
shoes and garden gnomes in some, though. It's a decorative thing in inner
cities, mostly, though advocates see all kinds of other benefits for
insect life and water management (rain water should go into the ground, not
into the sewer system).

Peter Elderson

Op wo 7 apr. 2021 om 23:24 schreef Martin Koppenhoefer <
dieterdreist at gmail.com>:

> Am Mi., 7. Apr. 2021 um 14:56 Uhr schrieb joost schouppe <
> joost.schouppe at gmail.com>:
>> Hi,
>> We started mapping "facade gardens" in Belgium. The tag we've started to
>> use is leisure <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:leisure>=garden
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:leisure%3Dgarden> + garden:type
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:garden:type>=facade_garden
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag:garden:type%3Dfacade_garden&action=edit&redlink=1>.
>> Facade gardens are miniature gardens in urban areas. How to recognize
>> them:
>> - perched against a private facade
>> - replaces existing pavement, usually a hole in the sidewalk
>> - very small, usually just a meter or so along the facade, and about 30
>> cm deep
>> - not operated by the government, but rather a private initiative (this
>> is usually recognizable by the very "personal style" of the little garden)
> maybe "facade garden" is a good term to describe these (or "vertical
> garden"), but I do not think that leisure=garden is a good fit. These are
> typically plants growing on a facade or wall, and are not "accessible", you
> can not step on the garden, indeed, it isn't even a garden from some
> perspective. Maybe you could describe it more in terms of facade than in
> terms of garden.
> Cheers,
> Martin
> PS: Some examples I have in mind:
> https://static.fanpage.it/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/05/santalaia.jpg
> https://milano.repubblica.it/cronaca/2012/09/17/foto/giardino-42724968/1/
> http://www.greengardengroup.eu/giardini-verticali-brescia.html
> https://www.flawlessmilano.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/dormire-bosco-verticale-cover.jpg?x53037
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