Kenilworth residents beautify street corner

Working in the Rosmead Garden, from left, are Kenilworth residents Marisia Ferreira, Dawn Jacobs and Barbara Kohl.

Some Kenilworth residents have beautified a street corner in their neighbourhood with plants and flowers.

Marisia Ferreira got the ball rolling with six plants on the corner of Dingle Avenue and Rosmead Avenue last September. Now, six months later and with the support of fellow residents Dawn Jacobs, Barbara Kohl and Thabo Bopape, there is a fully fledged garden next to the pavement on the street corner. The residents call it the Rosmead Garden.

Ms Ferreira says she decided to spruce up the corner, planting mother-in-law’s tongue, ferns and spider plants, to stop people littering there.

Mr Bopape helped her with the layout and maintenance of the garden. And Ms Jacobs, who assists with the gardening in her complex, brought the building’s gardener with her to assist.

“I got a message from Marisia to ask for help, and then I saw what she planted. I went back to my complex to see what plants I could bring with me to plant.”

Ms Ferreira put a notice on a tree asking more people to help out in the garden. Ms Kohl saw it last November and has been involved since then.

She cycles 1km to the site in the morning to tend to the plants and sometimes spends time there in the evening before cycling home after 7pm. “I am inspired by the initiative and the courage taken to grow this garden,” she says.

Other residents have donated plants and fertiliser.

The garden has aloes, sunflowers, marigolds, spekboom, ferns, basil, periwinkles, tomato, cactus, lemon trees and chillies in plant beds named after the planets in the solar system.

Ward councillor Katherine Christie praised the residents’ efforts.

“I would like to encourage all residents to follow their example and beautify small bits of unused land like corners of the streets or the area next to pavements.”

Ms Ferreira says the garden, which has attracted bees and visits from spotted thick-knee birds, is the community’s garden and everyone is welcome to visit at any time and tend to the plants or plant new plants.

Marisia Ferreira tending to marigolds.
Dawn Jacobs with spekboom.
This is what the patch of land on the street corner looked like before it was beautified.