The Politics of Gardening

If you were ever in doubt that gardening was political, the issue of verge gardens should set you straight. Lurking in the undergrowth of the debate are issues of shared ownership and responsibility, [non-]conformity, environmental concerns, power relationships between councils and ratepayers, and class.

Your attitude and methods of gardening tends to reflect your attitude to conservation, climate change and the environment.

I’m Planting on the Verge

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The land is public so you need to consider and manage the reactions of neighbours and others affected. Verge gardens can be, but don’t have to be, food gardens. More important than the suggestion of individual plants are the general guidelines which allows you to choose your own plants that fit your location, soil, taste… more…

The Politics of Gardening, Verge Planting

Verge Planting – Brisbane City Council Guidelines

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The Brisbane City Council have finally given in to pressure from green-fingered residents and now has a policy to allow gardening on verges or native strips in front of houses. Their guidelines were announced in August 2016 and updated in March 2017. They can be accessed here and the Brisbane Times article with some interesting… more…

Community Gardens, Native Wildlife, The Politics of Gardening, Verge Planting, Weeds and Biosecurity