My neighbor Bob has created an unexpected jungle paradise (complete with a bright blue Macaw named Barbra) on the sidewalks of South Philadelphia. In addition to lush flowers, vines and elephant ear plants, Bob’s garden boasts an above ground wooden Koi pond complete with gurgling fountain and contented goldfish. Loki, the aptly-named pussy cat, has left the goldfish alone in favor of lying in wait under cars parked on the street, and terrorizing the hapless pigeons who venture under them to escape the summer sun.
Aside from window boxes, most urban gardens are locked up in community land plots or in containers hidden from the street. Bob shares his garden with the world. You don’t need an invitation to smell the flowers, say hello to Barbara or play with Loki. Bob’s urban garden has suffered surprisingly little vandalism which tells me that the passers by are truely enjoying this little nature sanctuary in the middle of a gritty urban landscape. If you click on the “view all images” bar above, you can enjoy my neighbor Bob’s garden, too.