It seems natural that in a country with a reputation for lovely gardens and so much greenery and food production that Quebec’s parliament should have dedicated spaces for a kitchen garden for both the public and the parliamentary cafe, plus a medicinal garden and other quirky demonstration gardens. A garden of 130 varieties of fruit and vegetables was planted in front of the parliament a couple of years ago, sending a message to the world that urban agricuture is something that is recognised and it is interesting to the public. People arrive with scissors and small plastic bags, harvesting herbs and salad vegetables from areas marked as available to the public, tourists savour raspberries and the demonstration specimen container gardens show a sense of humour – such as ‘bowl of cereal’, the ‘salad bar’ and a version of the French term of affection saying ‘ I love my (little) cabbage’. What a way to invite the public into the seat of power.