So I was very happy indeed to see this garden at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.
|The "Urban Habitat" garden - a pocket park, with natives|
The smooth grey pebbles underfoot, like those zones where runaway trucks can grind to a stop, say, "Slow down. Relax. You have plenty of time."
All along the park bench is what you might call young urban Zen calligraphy.
It's a quote from John Muir - helpfully typed up nearby:
I enjoyed the art a lot. I could imagine sitting in this pocket park. It's lively...
And also restful..
I particularly loved the idea of the pocket park as a space for people to participate actively - to do some gardening, paint on the walls and bench, and so on. From the blurb:
“Urban Habitat” is a dual-use parklet that is designed to provide a public place for citizens to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them, while allowing for participation in activities such as gardening. This parklet embraces the recycle and reuse of urban elements such as “dumpsters” to provide planting areas, seating, while also acting as “urban art” canvases for graffiti artists.I could end in cynicism, saying that of course in reality, kids would throw those nice chunky pebbles through windows, the graffiti would become nasty, and the garden trashed. But I'd rather support the students' idea that you can in fact plant a seed of community that would actually grow and flourish as a place for people to come together -- all singing and shining as one.