Photograph Karen Knighton


What a delightful piece of street design!  A beautiful marriage of function and form don't you think?


Wouldn't you rather pick your silver beet from street gardens like this than pick them from a supermarket shelf?


Could you imagine if the council planted food gardens and orchards everywhere?  Wouldn't that be a great way to spend those rates?

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Comment by Megan Cooke on January 7, 2011 at 10:54am
This looks so beautiful, it's edible and I wish all councils would start planting useful vegetables instead of the old agapanthus and other useless weeds!
Comment by Pete Russell on December 27, 2010 at 8:53pm

Kim Choe from 3News has done a bit of digging around and discovered that indeed it is a council planted patch.


Mark Bowater, the council's Parks Manager, says they've been using ornamental varieties of vegetables (e.g. the more colourful types) because they want to plant things that give visual variety, and that people will recognise. They're particularly doing it around Carlton Gore because of its past as a market garden area.

However, he emphasised that they're not community gardens, and they don't recommend people eat them because of the exposure to car exhaust.

This is not a direct quote from Mark - just paraphrased.

Comment by Sian Noble-Campbell on December 26, 2010 at 2:24pm
Absolutely - wonderful idea. Have you seen anyone actually pick it? A follow up photo in a month or so would be interesting...
Comment by Sheri on December 23, 2010 at 2:54am
Comment by James Samuel on December 21, 2010 at 7:33pm

Yes, "a WONDERFULLY powerful message! Yeah for veges!"

Comment by bec may on December 21, 2010 at 2:49pm

despite its edibility, this is where we start: by demonstrating that council plantings don't necessarily have to be wasteful; they can still be attractive and have a purpose: allysum calls the good insects and the silverbeet could feed us or our animals.  i'd vote for this!

Comment by John Wood on December 21, 2010 at 2:40pm

What a wonderful day of rain we had Monday in Perth! I ran a pipe from my raintank to a few garden beds to take the overflow! I had just fertilised and treated the beds with wetting agent the day before - perfect timing!

Comment by Mary on December 21, 2010 at 2:20pm

Would there be any more toxins than some of the sprayed veges in the supermarket??

Even if you wouldn't eat it 'cause of possible toxins..It none the less it sends out a WONDERFULLY powerful message! Yeah for veges!

Comment by John Wood on December 21, 2010 at 2:15pm

I wonder about the heavy metals that may be coming off the vehicle movement around a street corner. Plus cigarette butts!

Comment by Andreas kubisch on December 21, 2010 at 12:44pm

not sure I would eat it - prefer my food to grow a little bit furhter from the exhaust pipes


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