The garden on my nature strip is now a couple of years old. It has gone through the seasons twice. The street tree and Westringia are well established. The Austromyrtus tenuifolia (midgen berry) are growing slowly. Several of the Dianella clumps, the Kangaroo Paws, and the Dwarf Banksia are doing ok despite a harsh summer.
The responses from neighbours and other pedestrians has been almost invariably positive, although it hasn’t yet inspired any to follow suit. One neighbour got a street tree from the council but it is surrounded by grass. [continue reading…]
This is a common question from people who oppose or are unfamiliar with verge gardening.
What if they don’t look after it? [continue reading…]
Today, we launched our directory of resources which includes verge gardening guidelines for various councils around Australia. [continue reading…]
I went along to Vergefest 2019 at West End on Saturday. I caught the bus to West End and walked, saw most of the items on the map, and went to the first session at Turnstyle. [continue reading…]
It’s hard to assign monetary values to many of the savings and benefits but here are some suggestions that also show how to maximise the benefits and avoid pitfalls. [continue reading…]
Does planting out your footpath seem trivial compared to the work of committed environmental and bushcare groups? It depends how you look at it. [continue reading…]
Flowers are ambassadors for verge gardens. They help to make people comfortable with the initial disruption to the ubiquity of grass nature strips.
There are two main types of flowers to include on your verge. [continue reading…]
Despite being public land, the cost of maintaining the verges in Australian cities usually falls to the residents or owners of individual properties.
Many councils have guidelines setting out what you can do on the verge, many provide free street trees, and some even provide plants for residents to plant.
Let’s face it though, not everybody is a gardener. Some don’t have the interest, others don’t have time or commitment. But all is not lost. [continue reading…]