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.
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.