City Gardens

Asakura Robinson Company Principal, Keiji Asakura, presented the idea of installing a container garden outside the City of Houston’s PWE building in the heart of downtown. A team of eager City staff, non-profit organizations and volunteers soon stepped up to turn the project from a dream into reality in less than a month. Thirty eight 36” containers were donated along with potting soil, vegetables and other edible plants. Small groups of PWE employees from each of the 23 floors sponsored each pot and on a sunny day in early June they gathered to fill the containers. Mayor Annise Parker joined Laura Spanjian, the City’s Director of Sustainability, in planting the final container of the day.

After two years, and international media attention, the container garden is still flourishing, producing edibles, hosting regular education events, pot-luck gatherings and weekly gardeners’ meetings, and maintaining the sense of ownership and community that it instilled from the beginning of the project. Competition between floors as to whose container is most successful, most beautiful and most edible keeps the project alive and offers a unique landmark for downtown employees and visitors.

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