Next time you’re strutting in your power suit down the business end of St Georges Terrace, look up. Perched on top of the QV1 public carpark is something you might not expect: a working community garden, tucked among the skyscrapers.
Its called the QV1 Community Garden, a side-hustle for the new QV1 development. It’s not where you’d expect to find egg-laying chickens, a working beehive and a dozen green-thumbed locals picking fruit and planting seeds, but the idea was to put the life back into ‘work-life-balance’.
“It is the perfect place for workers to relax, enjoy some gardening in the sunshine and connect with others. Having a unique laid-back space within a corporate environment provides the best of both worlds,” says QV1 General Manager Paul Teraci.
The garden is maintained by more than 50 keen amateurs, along with a bit of horticultural help from the team at Perth City Farm. You’ve got tomatoes, basil, beetroot, lettuce, watermelon, artichokes and rhubarb, not to mention citrus trees, a family of egg-laying chooks and a buzzing beehive.
Watch this space, because the QV1 development is also gonna to include a huge new food, retail and dining hotspot, called The Grounds. The cafes will even have their own plots in the Community Garden, where they can grow their own produce. Nice.