australian invasion: steve wheen, pothole gardener

Oprah may have made him famous, but I like to think I discovered him first. My mate Steve Wheen runs around London – and other places he travels to – filling in potholes with tiny themed gardens. How rad is that?

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So Steve, what’s your day job? I work as a freelance creative.

Where are you from? I was born in Canberra and spent time  in Hong Kong, Bathurst and Rockhampton before moving to the UK.

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Where do you live now? I moved to London almost 8 years ago (how time flies!)

Why did you come to the UK? I headed to London for a two year break, with a visa card and working holiday visa in hand. I was planning on using it as a base to explore Europe.

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What to you miss most about Australia? Where do I start? Backyards, gardening, space, sunshine, my family, the stars, fresh air, mindless chat with strangers, wide roads, sunsets, knowing everyone. Promite. Apart from my mum, I miss Promite the most.

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How often do you get back? I get back once a year these days. I didn’t go back for the first 4 years I was away and that was hard.

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What are your plans for Australia Day this year? This year, I’ll head to the usual for a few pints with the few Aussies that are still left in London (And hopefully you Kate!).

To view more of Steve’s work visit The Pothole Gardener

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6 thoughts on “australian invasion: steve wheen, pothole gardener

    1. Era

      There are so many potholes in the road near my house I wish someone would fill them up with flowers like this! Although, as it’s still super-cold out in Maine, it’d probably be better if they waited awhile.

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  2. Shekher

    I love this post:) It makes me want to go to Mels and check out the green house to see if they have any psmrroie for me! You know our winter starts so early and ends so late, we are so tired of the winter my heart is drawn to blooming things:) Wouldn’t it be lovely if everyone filled up the potholes in frount of their house with flowers? It would be like a breath of spring!Mom

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