Adam Hynam-Smith can visualize a row of vegetables running the length of his St. Catharines street in Ontario, with neighbours tending the plants. Nature strips are popular in his native Australia, where he says residents grow vegetation on the boulevard area which is otherwise wasted space. In St. Catharines there is no policy or by-law that prohibits residents from doing the same thing. Plants just have to be maintained according to basic horticultural standards. “What we don’t want is people planting large plants or something that would restrict access to a fire hydrant or other utilities that are on the boulevard,” says Kristen Sullivan, the project and development planner in Recreation and Community Services that recently presented a report to city council. Plants also can’t overflow onto the street or sidewalk, create a trip hazard, contain thorns or dangerous material or inhibit snow removal operations.