STARTING WITH AN idea and a pile of broken concrete, the Urbanite Outfitters Crevice Garden project now snakes its way prominently through Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it continues to grow and thrive. Tony Avent, (owner of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. @Juniper Level Botanic Gardens), first conceptualized a crevice garden based on the success of a Kenton Seth installation at the JC Raulston Arboretum in 2014. Subsequently,
a 2015 JLBG demolition project produced 70 cubic yards (53 cubic m) of broken concrete slabs—a cost-effective and repurposed material for building crevices. Crevice construction began in January 2017 and has grown to include more than 100 tons of hand-stacked, locally-quarried, “urbanite” slabs. JLBG has spent the last two years addicted to crevice gardening and there’s no turning back now! Here’s what we’ve learned, what we’ve grown, what we’ve killed, and what’s next.