Nature Strips & Shady Lanes

For a couple of years now, I have been gardening on the verge, or nature strip, or footpath, or whatever term you want to use for the strip of land between the front fence and the road.

It's been an interesting exploration of the negotiation of public space and neighbourhood expectations. Enthusiasts dream of turning all the wasted land on our verges into genuine nature strips threading through the suburbs for the benefit of wildlife, pollinators, pedestrians, and residents. is for those gardeners.

Some Councils have cottoned on to the idea that nature strips to support their street trees will also help tackle the urban heat island effect. But not everyone is a gardener, and while Councils will plant the trees, who is going to plant and maintain the rest?

The vision of The Shady Lanes Project is to make these native nature strips the new normal. The Shady Lanes network and online platform to support social enterprises, small businesses and individuals is the key to achieving the scale and reach required. See and contact me if you'd like to get involved.

For more general gardening, see my garden at Brisbane City Life