Aims: People living in cities show a high need for restoration. Natural environments can serve everyday restoration, thus supporting people to stay healthy in their everyday pressures. Research has shown the essentially positive effect of natural environments on ecological, aesthetical and psychological aspects. Intercultural gardens are community gardens, which aim to integrate people with different cultural background. Intercultural gardens have been a success in Germany since the 1990s. One of the first projects of this kind in Switzerland has been started in Zurich in 2009. A piece of waste land, which will be covered with buildings in near future, has been chosen to create 20 garden pieces for a time span of two years. This project was evaluated concerning the following questions: - How do participants perceive ecological, social and integrative dimensions of the project? - Does the garden provide a restorative area? - What are the needs and the ideas about future garden projects? // Methods: The innovative character including a small number of participants requires an explorative research design, which was carried out longitudinal in a time span of three months. Participants of the intercultural garden were consulted in a pre-post design, a follow-up is planned. In a first questionnaire, motivation and perceived restorativeness were focused. In the second questionnaire participants were asked for perceived restorativeness again and social and intercultural interactions. Restorative aspects were assessed by the Perceived Restorativeness Scale, other items were generated by questions to be rated on 1-5 point scales. Between the measuring times, participants cultivated their gardens. With a return rate of 17 questionnaires, data were analyzed descriptively and statistically. Results: Results show a strong overall endorsement by the participants. The project and its organization are assessed very positively. Positive aspects reported on were especially the activation by gardening, being in natural environment and harvesting own produce. Social and cultural aspects show smaller values. Cultural aspects have stronger relevance for non-German speaking participants than for German speaking participants. Concerning well-being and the perceived restorativeness, which were measured before and after the treatment of gardening, there was a tendency to increase after three month. Conclusions: The study contributes to capturing and understanding the potential of intercultural gardens in cities. Due to an increasing density in European cities and globalizing processes with multicultural societies, intercultural gardens in urban areas can serve the aims of integration and restoration. By activating people and supporting their individual need for restoration, urban gardens might provide an important opportunity to support public health at relatively low costs. Confirmatory research with large sample sizes is indicated for the future. However, if the cultural aspect shall be focused, cooperation with experts in migration processes, e.g. delegates from the city council, are recommended. Furthermore, the results contribute towards conceptualizing further research in the field of restoration psychology in practical orientated projects, combining restorative and integrative aspects.