What happens when disembodied forces try to impose beauty on the city…
Dead space along the railway tracks in productive and enjoyable use
“Funny mix of green and mechanical design. Jingumae, Tokyo”
These recent pictures documenting the progress of Tak Watanabe and daughter’s first green wall are amazing.
“Cleaning goya seeds is a pain….so let the ants take care of them!”
Bitter melon growing in plastic buckets with an elaborate plastic twine trellis supported by a tree branch
Another great example of multi-function outdoor spaces that are incredibly small
Upturned beer crates form the structure of this mid-scale tiered garden in a Yanaka driveway.
As their name implies, the flowers are most spectacular in the morning.
Frayed rope for security or stabilization?
Sometimes objects just fit.
Cucumbers grow incredibly fast
Curbside as home for hot chili garden.
I wonder how the neighbor cooked them.
I am sure that tending rice in the city makes residents appreciate eating rice even more
A lovely understated planter in Yanaka.
A monster agave americana displays the resilience and majesty of plants in the face of overwhelming concrete.
It covers the window, and dwarfs in size the adjacent vending machine
Ripe cherry tomatoes growing safely on the sidewalk, within arms reach of the laundry hanging to dry
Create a city map identifying Tokyo’s greenest and greyest neighborhoods and places!
What is the function of this construction? Security? Stabilization?
Healthy goya and tomato green curtain, with an interesting attachment.
Another example of how to train a tree to create a traditional and elegant entranceway.
I kept hoping that they would get a bit bigger, but finally I decided to harvest them.
A green curtain from the inside.
Grapes are a feature fruit in Tokyo, from the inner-city to the outer suburbs.
From my vantage point on the 5th floor of an Aoyama Dori office building I check on the progress of a number of rooftop gardens which are invisible from down below…..
This local person must enjoy plants and the opportunity to make something artful in a small space.
The elderly man taking a morning stroll in his pajamas stopped to share his amazement and pleasure at the sight.
The flowers vary in color, and the students track the progress in notebooks. Looks like fun.
This corner balcony must have 40 or even 100 plants. I wonder what it looks like from inside the apartment.
Laying the foundations for a summer green wall.
Another example of the resilient, resourceful ways that plants continue to confound our built environment.
My watermelon plant has produced an enormous amount of growth in just two months on the balcony…….
All the classic elements: use of public space in unexpected way, display of citizens’ care and skills, recycling of simple materials…..
Flowers as exuberant storefront!
Creating a striking entranceway.
Ways to provide extra space for a curbside garden.
Pots-on-pots for a quick and cheap way to add garden space at the residential border.
Ways to wire your hanging garden.
Renegade citrus in Zoushigaya.
Old Tokyo neighborhoods like Zoushigaya are full of plant lovers who manage to create gardens where there is almost no space…..
A simple twine structure connecting the railing with the laundry support attached to the balcony ceiling.
A very green wall constructed from planters and Pots
Adding a pot-plant garden with wire and wood.
Plastic twine creates space for extra hanging pot-plants.
Space-saving green storage system.
A simple and elegant way to train a tree to grow over an entrance way.
A clever solution for creating a hanging garden along a breeze block wall without damaging/affecting the structure in any permanent way.
Scarce curbside space modified to create a pot plant garden. A sturdy, non-permanent solution.
Large plastic laundry hook serves as support for a large hanging planter.
A single vine originates from the right side of the front of the building……..
I like the generosity of the owner who shares this tree equally with passers-by and the residence’s inhabitants and guests.
Even the smallest horizontal space can support a substantial tree, with seasonal color and scent.
Even mundane structures come alive when we let nature colonize our habitat.
I love the care that someone is taking in a space that others are just passing through…..
For urban gardeners, one key question is how to get plants, soil and pot from store to house…….
So many people think that all they can plant are simple flower boxes, when vertical solutions can be so much more lush and interesting….