The Kreenholm community garden was established by artists Sandra Kosorotova and Sille Kima in 2020 next to the Narva Art Residency. The garden combines a number of functions. It is a place for locals to engage in gardening and planting, participate in master classes with artists, and socialize in the open air. The main principles of the work of the garden are ecological practices, sustainability, recycling of organic waste, cooking from locally grown products, and communication with local organizations and residents.
Maria Kopytova and Ekaterina Kuznetsova are leading the garden project in 2023.
Every year during the summer the garden hosts new artists-in-residence, who is engaged in planting, studying the local flora, holding workshops, and developing the garden. The summers have been filled with a program of workshops. All workshops are free of charge and happen in two versions: a closed workshop for the clients of the Narva Social Care Center for neurodiverse folks and an open workshop, which everyone is welcome to join.
In 2023 the Kreenholm Garden is developing in many ways. It is moving locations and it will be installed again right next to the Narva Art Residency building. The local community will be more involved and the garden will have a steady group of volunteers who take care of it. Two artists – Juliana Foronda and Xiyao Chen – have been selected through an open call to become the artists-in-residence of the garden in 2023. The cooperation with social institutions will be developed further and more organizations will be involved. In the 2023 season, the garden is supported by the British Council’s People 2 People program.
7.05 Beginning of the 4th season event
3.06 First meeting with the volunteers. Here you can see the photos from the first meeting.
11.06 Meet the artist Juliana Foronda at Krenych Sunday
18.06 Volunteers’ meeting
25.06 Workshop about urban gardening with Anton Küünal from the NGO Lasnaidee
2.07 Juliana Frond’s planting workshop “Look down and be gentle”
9.07 Volunteers’ meeting
16.07 Denis Kudryashov’s workshop on closed ecosystems and glass terrariums
23.07 Volunteers’ meeting
30.07 Koporsky tea workshop with Ekaterina Kuznetsova
06.08 Volunteers meeting (planting strawberries and bushes from dachas)
13.08 “swampy ooze” wild herbs garden tea party with Xyiao Chen
20.08 Volunteers meeting and Xiyao Chen’s seed bombs workhsop
27.08 Volunteers meeting
03.09 Tea ceremony workshop with Reico Yasutake and Kabo Motohara
09.09 at 16.00-18.00 Community garden party with music and snacks (Station Narva)
10.09 at 11.00-16.00 Community garden get-together ith music, a potluck lunch and film screenings etc. At 14.00 – a discussion with Meelis Muhu. (Station Narva)
17.09 Volunteer meeting and cleaning up the garden before the winter
All workshops and meetings take place on Sundays and start at 11.00.
Residents and events 2020–2022
Garden initiation: first raised bed.
Local edible weeds tour for the public; building new raised beds with Narva-local youth
The first resident of Kreenholm Plants, Estonian interior architect and designer Kaisa Sööt
created a plan for the garden and designed a garden bed and compost box.
II garden resident, Lithuanian textile artist Karolina Janulevičiūtė curated and planted beds
with herbs and flowers, that are both medicinal and can be used to dye textiles.
Building the new raised bed with Kaisa Sööt design; sowing seeds in the bed with the clients
of Narva Social Care Center for neurodiverse people.
Co-leading with Maria Muuk a food-themed workshop ‘Obshenie’ as part of (Re)configuring
Territories Summer School: the socio-political histories of soviet legacy candy and culinary
delights, local edible weeds tour, cooking with weeds and surplus food, co-organising reading
III garden resident, Latvian born and Latvian and UK based designer and permaculture
specialist Vineta Gailite built a geodome shelter in the garden and conducted a series of
geodome building workshops.* A collective dreaming was held about what the garden
would need and could have in the future.
Karolina Janulevičiūtė led a series of workshops,* where the participants could practice textile
dyeing with the plants from the garden as well as learn about their medicinal properties.
All workshops are free of charge and happen in two versions: a closed workshop for the clients
of the Narva Social Care Center for neurodiverse folks and an open workshop, which everyone
is welcome to join.
30.05 Anna Maquet (EE) and Sandra Kosorotova (EE) workshops:* building
new beds based on permaculture principles.
18.06 Sean Roy Parker (UK) workshops* I: concocting a healing gardeners
hand balm from local herbs
17.07 Sean Roy Parker (UK) workshops* II: lactofermenting
24.07 Michaela Casková (CZ) workshops:* weather-casting: making dyes and
inks from local plants and found materials
14.08 Dambi Kim workshop (South Korea): tea ceremony
28.08 Sille Kima workshops:* listening and harvesting field recordings from the
garden and making a collective mixtape. The co-created sound composition will stay as an
installation around Narva Art Residency until spring 2023, reminiscing of the abundance of
autumn harvest until the beginning of the next cycle.