in the Guelph (Ontario) newspaper is a wonderfully sane mediation on lawnless
front yard gardening. I was interested that writer Chris Chamberlain uses the
word “boulevard” to describe what I call the easeway and what others call the
median or the hellstrip. Here’s a quote from it:
As I went about digging up my lawn and boulevard, I was
aware I was in some sense choosing a side—aware also of what was being lost in
that controversy—the freedom to simply enjoy gardening and how the politics of
it all would deter some from doing it altogether.
He also discusses the social aspect of this kind of
gardening, which has always been part of the experience for me. As I crouch in
the dirt, shirt torn, hair falling in eyes, trowel in hand, passers-by often
stop and seem to feel the need to encourage me, no matter how little visible
progress or beauty there is. I like to think it prompts some of our
neighborhood denizens to think, “Hmm, maybe I won’t throw my empty 40 or loser lottery ticket in front of that house.” Or not.