Twenty miles into a recent family road trip, our littlest passenger shouted…”I have to use the bathroom.” So our mission of “getting down the highway” became an intense effort to find a bathroom. Luckily, we spotted a rest area sign. I am not usually a fan of rest areas because most of the ones I’ve had the unpleasant opportunity to visit have been dark, gloomy and in desperate need of a little tidying up.
But not this rest area. As we drove up the windy driveway, the space was bright and modern looking. Light colored bricks interlaced with natural stone framed the bathroom and visitor center. The sidewalks were clean and lined with colorful beds of green, red and yellow flowers. When I exited the bathroom, I could hear my family shouting from the roof – “there’s a garden up here!”
I found the steps leading to the roof. And on top, to my surprise was an intricately arranged square foot garden. Neatly aligned miniature shrubs, purple flowers and other greenery adored the sunny roof top. This goes to show that you can create a green space anywhere. If you live in a small apartment or a house with a tiny yard, you can still create a green space. Start with a single tomato plant or maybe a patch of lettuce. The sky is the limit – literally!