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Tourism: Street Greening is Attractive!

This is a general rule: if you want to attract more people-- locals, customers, tourists-- make streets green!...that is, green 'up' buildings, including walkways, courtyards, paths and passages. Especially in places and small towns that rely on tourism, this is already known. In addition to street trees and flower borders/beds, there are also many, many greened facades. Street greening is simply beautiful! But...it must be cared for and cultivated, just as a wall garden must be cared for.

Greenery in a shopping street in Sangerhausen / Germany

What Pedestrians Discover...

Street greening in any style is not only more beautiful, it also offers ecological advantages. Moreover, it increases the aesthetic quality and tends to slow the hectic tempo of the passers-by who may pause a while to enjoy the nature. It is a naturally created decelerator! Shops windows are enjoyed more thoroughly, people stop in street cafés longer, the sales volume of shops and eateries increases. In short: street greening can be monetarily advantageous as well as ecologicaly beneficial!

Further Steps for Street Greening

First, it is useful to collect inspiration and ideas from towns which have already successfully greened up, such as some of the German "Rosenstädte" ("Rose Cities"). You will find examples below. To start the greening, annuals are planted in tubs or buckets, placed on facades/walls; they then climb up on wires, cords, rope, trelliswork, etc., and maybe even climb high tension greening cables or wires set up high or on existing electric cables. Often, flower shops start to green up with flower boxes on the facades. Municipalities will even promote this. For later street renovations and city center rehabilitations, the “right” plants, flowers, trees, and climbers must be correctly determined, established and cultivated.

A passage in Naumberg, Germany with grape vines on the walls.
Grapevine in an ally right after proliferation

Picture gallery

Examples of greening up in public places. Try to imagine: What would all these places look like without the greenery?

With Rose enhanced street in Hildesheim/Lower Saxony
Street greening up in Freiburg/Breisgau/Baden-Wurttemberg
Rose tree with last year's leaves, middle of March, Bremen
Two Grape vines, Bad Langensalza/Thuringia
Wall roses in Sangerhausen/Saxony
City flats (apartments) Leipzig/Saxony, greened with Wisteria
Flower shop with long grape vines, Nossen/Saxony
Dutchman's Pipe as street greening at a flower shop in Lübben/Brandenburg
Wall greening with grapevines, Freyburg/Unstrut/Saxony Anhalt
Small shopping centre with Wisteria, Merseburg/Saxony-Anhalt
Town greening with Actinidia kolomicta and Wisteria, Saalfeld/Thuringia
Greening up with small shoots and vines. Meißen/Saxony
Facade greening in a lane (alleyway) in Altenburg/Thuringia
A wild grapevined cottage greening up the old historic center of the town of Quedlinburg/Saxony
Small wall greening with small bucket plants and vines, Naumburg/Saxony
Vinzenz Richters Wine room in Meißen/Saxony
Entrance gate with wild growing grapevines, Grimma/Saxony
Annual vines , Morning Glories, Leipzig/Saxony
Street green up with overhead creepers on steel cables in Halle/Saale/Saxony-Anhalt
Pedestrian walk way with ivy and pergolas, Ahlbeck/Usedom/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
A holiday home in Alt Reddevitz / Rügen / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania greened with American Trumpet Vine (campsis radicans)
Combination of vines, art, and window boxes on the street facade. Gera/Thuringen