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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Posts Tagged ‘sidewalk’
Tree Breaks out of Pot and into Soil
Tree Breaks out of Pot and into Soil

I wish that governments and residents would begin to de-pave Tokyo, and it’s great to see that domestic plants are not waiting for us to act.

Pansies in a Sidewalk Crack
Pansies in a Sidewalk Crack

In the world’s largest mega-city, even a crack in the sidewalk can be a place to grow a flower.

Koenji Sidewalk Garden
Koenji Sidewalk Garden

Variety of plants and impeccable maintenance

Goya Awning
Goya Awning

Shade, food, community.

Conjunctive Gardening
Conjunctive Gardening

“…imprecise, unrepeatable, imperfect and continuous…”

Giant sidewalk sunflowers in full bloom
Giant sidewalk sunflowers in full bloom

in full bloom and towering over the pedestrians

Wildness in Nishi Azabu Juban
Wildness in Nishi Azabu Juban

There is something comforting to feel wildness in the center of the city

Summer Vegetables on the Sidewalk
Summer Vegetables on the Sidewalk

I love how seasonal and impromptu this vegetable gardening is. A city that’s safe for vegetables and plants is one that also welcomes people.

Sidewalk sunflowers
Sidewalk sunflowers

I love the small strips of green space between the sidewalk and the street.

Drunk Salaryman Passed Out in Flower Bed
Drunk Salaryman Passed Out in Flower Bed

There seems something almost poetic about the juxtaposition of office worker, flower and soil.

Guest photo from Hiyoko Imai
Guest photo from Hiyoko Imai

Much of the daily fabric of urban life, instead, feels like this photo: a bunch of stuff bolted on to other stuff

Bonsais displayed on sidewalk and street
Bonsais displayed on sidewalk and street

this collection of bonsais sits on recycled containers

Lush sidewalk garden in Nishi Azabu Juban
Lush sidewalk garden in Nishi Azabu Juban

Most people would think there’s no room for a garden

Mobile Bonsai Shop on Omotesando
Mobile Bonsai Shop on Omotesando

This plant sales person has staked out valuable real estate

Beautiful water plants in bowl outside Shizen
Beautiful water plants in bowl outside Shizen

A simple bowl with plants can really add visual impact to a central city sidewalk.

Shinjuku Ward Office greening
Shinjuku Ward Office greening

sidewalk awning with minimal space and maintenance, impacts thousands coming to ward office

Dense and mature sidewalk garden in Chiyoda
Dense and mature sidewalk garden in Chiyoda

The planting is amazingly thick, creating a green wall between the sidewalk and the large boulevard. . .

Cherry tomatoes and laundry
Cherry tomatoes and laundry

Ripe cherry tomatoes growing safely on the sidewalk, within arms reach of the laundry hanging to dry

Zoushigaya Micro-Garden Series #1
Zoushigaya Micro-Garden Series #1

Old Tokyo neighborhoods like Zoushigaya are full of plant lovers who manage to create gardens where there is almost no space…..