Quick, call the pavement police! Nasturtium, purple salvia, azalea, boxwood, hosta, and coleus (not to mention the usual pansy or two) are taking over the sidewalk at Fourth and Warren Streets, where Olenka Bachinsky’s plantings have grown into a huge underfoot salad bowl. (Under her daily maintenance and care, they are sumptuously taking advantage of global warming by extending their run into autumn; look for them in front of Face Stockholm, Hedstrom and Judd, Cascades, and Bachinsky’s own Galerie Artworks, which is located at the far end of this catty- cornered garden).
Oddly enough, many in town, including a couple of horticulturally inclined people I know, seem to have missed this gift to the urban landscape. It’s definitely worth a trip to see—or at least making a mental note to look down towards your feet when passing by. Time is limited, since much of it will be gone as soon as the weather turns frosty. “I’m one of the few people who doesn’t like autumn—it’s the end of everything blooming,” says Olenka. —Scott Baldinger