From a sprawling backyard garden to an urbane rooftop escape visible only to neighboring high rises, Lolita Aaron’s transformation from suburban gardener to urban gardener provides unlikely lessons in renewal and regeneration.
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On the top floor of a 6-story condominium in Yaletown, a community in downtown Vancouver, Lolita, mother of four children and four grandchildren, transformed herself into a city gardener. The contemporary rooftop garden is a sight to behold. Mature trees, a woodland garden and path, shaded dining and sitting areas seem counterintuitive billowing and blossoming over a bustling city street.
“There is hope I found,” Lolita says, “to recreate a green space. There is renewal and the regenerating of oneself even when of advanced years.”
Not content to revive the garden of her past, Lolita set out to create a living space worthy of its environment. “Before, we were suburban gardeners. But I wanted this garden to look like it had grown up in the city,” she says.