Pacific ephemera

The tomato peace garden is no more. This assemblage, part art, part vegetation, and entirely peaceful, has been broken down into its component parts and no longer exists to delight passers-by at Monroe and East Side across from Stacy Park. This year it was a pepper peace garden. The tubs of peppers have been relocated to the community gardens near the School for the Blind. The gardener-artist who created this work, which during peak seasons has combined an arching bower of plants springing from containers with an illuminated and illuminating message, has been a tenant, not an owner, and the buyer of the house, it’s reported, intends to live there himself. This is my only photograph, taken in daylight and before the seasonal greenery was at its annual flourishing height, but the peace garden has always been a popular photographic subject and a South Austin sight to be shown with pride to visitors. I hope to see it again someday, somewhere, anywhere, in Austin.

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