Cottage gardens in Osterfingen


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Description

The community of Wilchingen-Osterfingen in the canton of Schaffhausen began the Garden Path in 2005 with a view to promoting the traditional Schaffhausen culture of cottage gardens. So far the idea has attracted 31 garden owners, all of whom make an active contribution to the project by carrying out maintenance, care and even restoration work. The kitchen, ornamental and back gardens add to the appeal of the village and boost tourism. The hard work and creativity that go into these gardens are reflected in the beauty of the village and bestow a special charm on the area. The Garden Path continues the long and widespread tradition of cottage gardens. The basic structure of cottage gardens in Switzerland has changed very little over the centuries. They adjoin houses and farm buildings and they accommodate both useful and ornamental plants on a relatively small area of land. For example, vegetables, herbs and berries might be grown next to flowers, shrubs and bushes. Just as in Osterfingen, many places attach great importance to the aesthetics of these gardens.

Image gallery

  • Aerial photo of Osterfingen from the south © Staatsarchiv Schaffhausen, 1985
  • The "Obere Mühle" (1709): The rectangular shape of the garden and its picket fence are typical features of Schaffhausen cottage gardens © B. Linsi, Osterfingen
  • As well as providing living space and working areas, the imposing "Zum Ochsen" houses built in 1752 accommodate huge vaulted cellars © Emil Wiesli, Schaffhausen
  • "Alter Sternen" (1819) : to protect the annual and typical cottage garden plants, the garden is enclosed by a picket fence © Barbara Linsi, Osterfingen
  • The garden in front of the house at "Oberdorf 29" is the most elaborate and beautiful cottage garden in Osterfingen. © Barbara Linsi, Osterfingen
  • The crossed paths in the garden of "Oberdorf 29" are flanked by neat box hedges which are more than a hundred years old © B. Linsi, Osterfingen
  • Aerial photo of Osterfingen from the south © Staatsarchiv Schaffhausen, 1985
  • The "Obere Mühle", built in 1709: The rectangular shape of the garden and its picket fence are typical features of Schaffhausen cottage gardens. © Barbara Linsi, Osterfingen
  • As well as providing living space and working areas, the imposing "Zum Ochsen" houses built in 1752 accommodate huge vaulted cellars. The arched walkways at the rear are unique. The cottage garden, which lies in front of a free-standing farm building, is enclosed by a picket fence. Trellises of pears, kiwis and apricots decorate the house. © Emil Wiesli, Schaffhausen
  • "Alter Sternen" (1819) : to protect the annual and typical cottage garden plants, the garden is enclosed by a picket fence © Barbara Linsi, Osterfingen
  • The garden in front of the house at "Oberdorf 29" is the most elaborate and beautiful cottage garden in Osterfingen. © Barbara Linsi, Osterfingen
  • The crossed paths in the garden of "Oberdorf 29" are flanked by neat box hedges. According to the gardener, the boxes are more than a hundred years old. The garden features ornamental plants and herbs and is enclosed by a picket fence © Barbara Linsi, Osterfingen

References and documentation

Publications
  • Kurt Bächtold: Osterfingen. Die Geschichte eines Weinbaudorfes. Ed. Gemeinde Osterfingen. Osterfingen, 1994

  • Albert Hauser: Bauerngärten. In: Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz (Band 5). Basel, 2006

  • Isabell Hermann: Garten. In: Die Bauernhäuser des Kantons Schaffhausen (Die Bauernhäuser der Schweiz 33). Isabell Hermann, Pius Räber. Basel, 2010, p. 82-89

  • Franziska Huber: Bauerngärten. Merkblätter des Bundesamtes für Bevölkerungsschutz, Fachbereich Kulturgüterschutz. Bern, 2006

  • Emil Wiesli: Historische Gärten im Kanton Schaffhausen (Neujahrsblatt der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft Schaffhausen 54). Schaffhausen, 2004

  • Emil Wiesli: Gartenpfad Osterfingen. Hallau, 2005

  • Emil Wiesli: Die Bauerngärten von Osterfingen. In: Schaffhauser Magazin no. 1. Schaffhausen, 2006, p. 64-67

  • Dietrich Woessner: Der Bauerngarten. In: Neujahrsblatt der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft Schaffhausen no. 18. Thayngen, 1965/1966

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