A guerrilla garden has quietly taken root in a suburban street on a once barren patch of sandy council land, with the renegade residents urging other Australians to establish their own thriving fruit and veggie patch.
Perth town planner and unofficial horticulturalist Greg Smith began the 15-year transformation process of the space — on Rose Avenue in Bayswater — by planting some lemon-scented gums.
Soon guava, fig and lemon trees followed, along with chillies, marjoram, parsley, avocadoes, pomegranates, garlic and more.
The garden — which spans the full length of the house next door — was described by Mr Smith as a leafy haven which could be picked by all, and he said it had become a place for neighbours to come together.
“We’ve changed the nature of this space, and this space is within the town centre,” he said.
“People come from all around, I’ve seen people come here and pick figs … it’s a public space, anyone can.”
Street resident Linh Ly, 45, said the garden promoted community engagement.
“Getting the community out there to engage with each other, looking at the plants, talking about it. I think it’s important,” she said.
“When people come and seeing the work we’ve put in, they’re quite amazed with the dead space it was and now it’s fully grown.”
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