Black Diamond Pocket Gardens

By Shauna Rudd

Tucked between the buildings of historic downtown Black Diamond, 65 kilometres southwest of Calgary, are the town’s pocket gardens – four tiny green spaces filled with flowers, foliage and benches.

The gardens were created to fill gaps between structures, as part of a restoration project to return the town to the boomtown look of the 1940s and ’50s. “They’re unique because they’re not on municipally owned land; they’re on private property so they’re maintained by volunteers,” says parks and recreation manager Les Quinton. Another feature are 1930s billboard ads, displayed in frames along the garden walls. “That’s the part that’s kind of sad,” says Quinton, “because they’re fading and it’s too costly to restore them.” For now, appreciate them as you stroll down Main Street, ducking into these little oases along the way.

Published in Westworld Alberta, Spring 2015

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