I thought this was a remarkable verge garden. Not only was it beautiful, but it also provided a seat for weary people.  If the strawberries were ripe, a healthy snack too.

I thought this was a remarkable verge garden. Not only was it beautiful, but it also provided a seat for weary people. If the strawberries were ripe, a healthy snack too.

I was travelling though Marrickville recently when I came across a rather special verge garden.  It was the first verge garden of this kind of design that I had seen in Marrickville LGA & frankly, it looked wonderful.

It was raised above the ground with sides of sandstone blocks & the front made of thick planks of wood that provided a seat for passers by.  It was filled with small yellow-flowering plants, some herbs & strawberries.  Space had been left at the roadside for car doors to open & this was left as lawn.

Beside the verge garden was a wooden trolley on wheels that was filled to the brim with plants, many of them edible. It was the kind of trolley I had dreamt about, something that could follow the sun when I was growing tomatoes.

Steve's front garden was equally attractive.

Steve’s front garden was equally attractive with many edible plants.

I guess standing out the front taking many photos attracted the owner who came out for a chat.  His name is Steve Webb & he told me that the wood for the trolley & the verge garden were recycled, as was the sandstone blocks & that I was right, the verge garden did double as a seat for passers by.

Next to the verge garden was a rabbit hutch, also on wheels.  Inside were two bunnies whose names were Mavis & Fluffy if I remember correctly.  Their job was to mow the verge.  Now that’s an idea to save $2 million per annum Marrickville Council – mobile bunnies. (just joking).

Steve’s front garden was as interesting as his verge.  It was a delight with a small brick path meandering around herbs, flowering nasturtiums, stawberries, native violets, Gerberas, grevillias & a lemon tree. Another tree held a round kid’s size swing.

Steve runs Edible Kids’ Gardens, which creates playspaces & learning environments to get children interested in gardening & healthy eating.  His verge & front garden are testament to his ability to create a highly interesting, edible & useable landscape in what I think are difficult spaces – small inner west front gardens.

Edible Kids’ Gardens helps schools design & construct an edible garden & use features like  dry stone creek beds, pathways, bridges, outdoor classrooms & music playwalls.    Planting is done to encourage pollinators while deterring pests using permaculture principles.

The Edible Kids’ Gardens website says Steve also designs gardens for children with specific needs, such as developmental delays, visual & sensory impairments, & autism spectrum disorders. I can tailor a garden with a view to providing horticulture therapy for people living with acquired brain injury, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.”   He also creates residential & commercial gardens.

Not a bad find considering all I did was discover a verge garden.  You can find out more about Edible Kids’ Gardens here –  http://www.ediblekidsgardens.com.au

Mobile garden on wheels.  This was prepared as an exhibit for the Sustainable Markets at Paddington the following day.

Mobile garden on wheels. This was prepared as an exhibit for the Sustainable Markets at Paddington the following day.  

Mobile verge mowers & passing kid's delight - Fluffy & Mavis.

Mobile verge mowers & a delight for passers by – Fluffy & Mavis.  They did have an enclosed area to get away from the sun if they wanted to.

 

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