Now is the late summer of our discontent as far as public and community gardens go. It’s hard enough to keep a private garden going in a dry hot season, but in public spaces, where watering is even more labor-intensive and there are larger spaces to tend, keeping a lush look takes real dedication.
We took a walk to the Albright-Knox to see the Extreme Abstraction show Sunday, and I admired many public plantings that were holding up under difficult conditions. The landscaping at Soldiers Circle and Bidwell looked very good, though I only snapped Bidwell (needed batteries).
Most of the big planters on Elmwood looked great, like this:
But a couple were just a waste. What would it take to keep this one up?
Of course, on Elmwood, they have kept up their hanging baskets.
And I’m really PISSED OFF that those in power in Allentown chose not to hang baskets this year, though there are some great planters.
My favorite on the walk, though, was this mysterious little structure in a corner lot. Couldn’t tell who owned it.
I remain convinced that public plantings are worth every bit of trouble that goes into them and, yes, every bit of money. It is one of the best ways to make a neighborhood look inviting and well-cared-for. I’ve adopted a couple planters on Main and Allen, though they’re in a difficult spot. Many mornings I’ve had to politely ask hangers-about to stop sitting on them as I drive by. Who sits on plants?!!!