We initially worked with our cousin Jodie Gandz, a Part 3 RIBA student and architectural assistant at Squire and Partners in London, last summer to develop Caitlin’s ambitions for a Crop Wild Relative garden and to utilise Jodie’s professional experience and architectural knowledge.
Jodie’s concept for the garden was based on a City Landscape with perforated slabs to give Crop Wild Relatives a presence in an urban environment. Jodie researched the potential materials and identified the seeded concrete design of William Lee Surface Design as being best suited to the garden concept. Jodie produced mood boards for us to present to our initial contractors and instructed Caitlin how to produce computerised plans using the ‘Sketchup’ program.
We would like to thank Jodie for all her help.
Initial Garden Concept:
The Garden seeks to highlight the concerns with Crop Wild Relatives today:
- Wild plants are under appreciated for their importance
- Some Wild plants are becoming endangered and under-conserved
The idea of the garden is to reintroduce Crop Wild Relatives into the urban environment in a controlled and beautiful way. Presently, wild crops are under-conserved and under greater risk of becoming endangered. They are traditionally seen as a nuisance in the urban environment; where-by weeds grow between the cracks in the pavements and walls of buildings.
The formal considered arrangement of perforated polished tiles, inspired by Michel Desvignes garden in Tokyo, helps to delineate pathways in the garden and organise the mass of wild planting. Through this urban inspired hard landscaping, the garden will highlight Crop Wild Relatives and their unobserved beauty.
To control the rapid growth of these wild crops, Williams Lee’s seeded concrete facilitates the integration of wild planting into the urban landscape over a period of years, through a ‘medium to create pattern’.
Wild plants are usually associated with disorder and unrestraint. The mirrored divide between the garden helps exemplify this idea of the wild planting in the hard landscaping.