Gardening on wheels

August 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm 1 comment

Spinning around Providence, I have found tire and wheel gardens in unexpected places. The illustration on the left comes from The War Garden Victorious (1919): just another example of how Americans used every available space for War Gardens during World War I.

Rachel and Emily told me about the tire planters at the Bridgham St. Community Garden (corner of Westminster St.). Organized by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, this garden has several dozen plots and about a dozen tires full of sunflowers, squash, some kind of black berry that’s not a blackberry (?), and other flowers. This garden is adding plots incrementally each year, with the tires creeping south across the vacant lot. If you’re interested in signing up to garden next year, contact the WBNA.

Across town, on Cemetery Street (near the North Burial Ground), old bicycle wheels, with and without rubber tires, define the edges of the Farmacy garden. Farmacy Herbs is a non-profit organization that tends the garden; creates herbal medicines, teas, and other products; and offers classes. Founder Mary Blue used to work at Seven Arrows Herb Farm.

Not far off on the map, but in other ways a million miles away from the Farmacy, is the Spike’s on Branch Ave. When Spike isn’t eating hotdogs, he’s doing some tire gardening in the parking lot. A closer look shows reveals that tires are stacked on their sides as a planter for mums (or something?) and an upright tire holds a bunch of yellow pansies. Yo, Spike! Nice garden!


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  • 1. Joe Haskett  |  August 20, 2008 at 10:09 am


    Great site! All the posts are very educational.

    FYI: I wanted to point you towards some urban gardening in the most unlikely of places – The Providence 903 at Jefferson Place. If you go down Kinsley towards downtown & just past the main entrance, you’ll notice a pumpkin patch nestled within the standard urban landscape. I have no idea who planted it there, but when running the other day, I noticed the disimilar plantings. Upon further investigation, I noticed a large pumpkin growing beyond. If you’re in the area, check it out.

    Thought you might be interested.



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