I was told of a verge garden in Gould Avenue Lewisham that “would blow my mind.” So around a month ago we went to have a look. I went via Wardell Road, turned the corner with a pine hedge on my left & there it was – a most impressive verge garden. My first reaction was to stop & stare.
Last weekend we were in the area again, so decided on a second visit. Since our first visit another 5-metres of grass had been removed extending the verge garden along the full length of the property. New plants were in the ground, including dwarf mondo grass planted to spell “Lewisham” – a very nice touch. I liked this a lot.
I estimate the length of the verge garden to be around 20-metres, maybe a bit more. There is one street tree, a quite attractive watergum. Pavers have been installed at regular intervals to create a path from the footpath to the road for pedestrians & people exiting vehicles. Native violets have been planted as a ground cover around the pavers, keeping the area green, but not creating obstacles with plants.
The range of plants used is extensive. There are ground covers, low shrubs, tropical colour, succulents, native grasses, poinsettias providing a burst of red, plus a whole lot more. The attention to detail is lovely with foliage of grey, silver, green, burgundy, lime green & even variegated foliage.
Between the tall hedge edging the front garden & the very attractive verge with some shade from the street tree, this is a very nice place to be. We were there mid afternoon, so benefited from the shade created by both the plants & the street tree. While we were looking around, quite a few people walked past & all of them looked at the garden.
This verge garden is an excellent example of how plants on the verge can radically improve the streetscape. It is a beautiful space. Maybe if more of our streets get transformed into gardens our community will come out of their houses more like they used to do in decades past. I could easily sit on a deck chair on the footpath & read or chat with others for the afternoon. Plus, a very sweet cat came out to say hello & scrounge a tickle, so she would only add to the experience.
Well done to whoever created this garden. Your work is an inspiration & benefits local wildlife, of which I am sure some live there. It also benefits the local community & anyone fortunate enough to come across it like we did.