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Gardens can be made in almost any corner, with a little imagination: window boxes, patios on roofs, the space between buildings

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Green Is Possible Nearly Everywhere

  • Aug 1, 2009
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It's amazing what people will do to bring a little green and garden into their lives. The photo of the second floor patio was taken last week in the center of Montreal. It faces south west, which means that it gets a nice amount of sunshine, but is not too hot in the middle of the day.

The second photo is one I took in Lisbon in May. The neighborhood is much older, and while part of it is being spiffied up, this building needs some paint and stucco work. Yet the people who live there obviously cared about having flowers just outside the window.

The third is of a garden arranged on the steps leading into a store front on one of Montreal's busiest streets. 

The point is that if you want green, you can have it just about anywhere. Here's a link to an interesting blog (from cold Calgary, no less) that specializes in balcony gardens, by the way: The Balcony Gardener.

And for more about the relationship between people, nature and urban places, you might find my book Green City interesting.

A patio squeezed between two buldings Window boxes in Lisbon Even steps on a busy street can become a garden.

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March 08, 2010
I love this. Really great pictures. If I just had a balcony I would be maxing out Green as well. I need to check out your book. People's relationship with nature interests me. Great stuff. Thank you.
August 03, 2009
Oh, let me tell you, I think city gardening is the way to make life today bearable. People have a great need to have contact with nature, and, given the chance, they'll run with it. I even wrote a book about it called Green City
August 03, 2009
Glad to see that you've made it over, Mary - I'm so happy to see you at Lunch. Even more wonderful to see you already making it to the top of some of our communities such as Gardening On Lunch! Talk to you soon. =)
August 01, 2009
Beautiful pictures! A couple of years ago (when I was living in Chicago), my Aunt gave me the book Paradise Found: Gardening in Unlikely Places. It was a great help in thinking about space differently and coming up with creative solutions to make beauty in odd spots. I can completely appreciate your review and think it is a good reminder to everyone living in an urban environment that they can still create and enjoy a garden.  
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Quick Tip by . March 09, 2010
A great idea to make the most of your space and plant what you can. Even if you just have a balcony.
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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her new collection of short stories, Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography, will be published by Oberon Press in November, … more
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Gardens can be made in almost any corner, with a little imagination: window boxes, patios on roofs, the space between buildings.  Great for those with condos or apartments with balconies or patios.

These small gardens can include flowers, vegetables or even fruit.

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