some like it green some like it grey
When I see the cultural trend towards massive concrete drive ways, I wonder why oh why, there exists this lustful relationship with grey.
While the trend is not entirely pervasive it is a worrying trend none the less. As there is plenty of grey concrete to share among us (footpaths) and plenty of black communal asphalt to go around, I wonder why there exists this yearning to have even more of it around ones home.
My concern for this excess of grey and black is not whimsical nor motivated by a deep desire to turn everyone into an ardent gardener. It’s just that we all know, don’t we? that we need to cool our cities and that we need to reduce storm water runoff to protect our streams.
It is through a collection of small individual efforts to re vegetate our urban landscapes that Cities like Melbourne become “Livable City” icons. It is not enough to leave the responsibility to city planners and local governments. We need to contribute too. And those contributions don’t go unnoticed. How many times in the past ten years have I heard a passer by comment on how much pleasure our Reservoir garden gives and how often has someone shared with me that they chose to walk or run down our street for a glimpse of our gardening activities?
A rambling, messy, productive or non productive garden, full of plants of different heights, with a small meandering path or pot plants spilling with unkempt fruit speaks of life and vitality. It suggests that people do in fact live here and that their lives are bubbling and simmering. But a large, really large concrete drive way, what does that suggest? Only that its residents hope to convey that everything in their lives is absolutely and completely and utterly under their control…