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Curbside Embedded Pots

On an innner-Sendagaya street lies this colourful curbside garden. Another lovely example of a local resident taking the time to brighten up a lonely curbside.

What made this particular garden stand out is the fact that it is composed entirely of plants still in their garden center pots and plastic containers.

One would imagine that the plants would grow better repotted directly into the ground, but perhaps the existing soil is of too-poor quality to allow this. An alternative explanation might be that this is the gardener’s compromise between a ‘potscape‘ and a full-blown regular garden – less intrusive than a whole lot of pots on the sidewalk, while still retaining the flexible, temporary feel of most Tokyo pot-plant gardens…..possibly repotting the plants felt like too much of a brash appropriation for the gardener involved….. (in the last image you can see one plant finally breaking (being set?) free of its contraints – I wonder how long it will last in the ‘real world’)

Any other ideas?

Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots
Curbside Embedded Pots

Materials: Potplants
Location: Sendagaya, Tokyo

(Originally posted on Tokyo-DIY-Gardening)

Category: Community Use, Garden


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I'm delighted and honoured to have my FIXES work included in Jared Braiterman's Tokyo University graduate seminar on mega-cities.
You can download the syllabus [HERE]

Thanks to the URBAN DESIGN Lab 西村・北沢・窪田 都市デザイン研究室, Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo for making this a featured resource of their lab [LINK]

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Thanks to the organizers of the conference for selecting this project as a featured resource, even though I was not able to attend.

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