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More Front Yard Gardens from the Middle of Montreal

  • Jul 29, 2009
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One of the basic types of housing in the center of Montreal is what's called a triplex here: buildings three stories tall with a flat on each floor. They're big apartments with six to eight rooms. When they were built in the early part of the 20th century their original residents were the families of factory workers, clerks, and small merchants. Many fell into disrepair when the great exodus to the suburbs began, but over the last 15 years they've been discovered by more middle-class young people looking for solidly built housing offering the convenience and pleasures of the city.

Both of these front gardens are on Waverly Street in the Mile End district. The one on the left shows how much fun for little kids you can pack into a 25 by 10 foot space in front of your house, while the one on the right gives a taste of the tranquility than can be created in the same amount of front garden.
Front yard for kids A bower on the street

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July 29, 2009
That is really cool. We have a small narrow area at the side of our house and I have wanted to turn it into a mini-garden. Maybe its time. Thanks
July 29, 2009
Glad you like it. I'll be posting more about small gardens, but if you'd likek to see more right now check out the archives on my blog, http://marysoderstrom.blogspot.com You can put green in the smallelst places!
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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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