A green-fingered friend asked me last week whether people in Ranong have gardens. With eight months of rain a year, Ranong has fortuitous growing conditions, but many people don’t have a typical garden like I grew up with in New Zealand. There we had grass, trees, shrubs and vegetables, all with room to run around. Here, most people live in blocks of flats which face directly onto the street side, with little potential garden space. Houses are surrounded by concrete, tarmac or muddy roads.
However, people have still managed to create an array of ‘gardens’, effectively exploiting their minimal space to add greenery and colour to the streets. I decided to try and photograph some of these ‘gardens’ to demonstrate the ways people actively try to incorporate nature into urban living.