ORNAMENTAL GRASS GARDEN

Dublin Botanic Garden

GARDEN ENTIRELY DESIGNED WITH ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

Dublin Botanic Garden among many different garden sections has one created with just ornamental grasses. The most popular grasses are there, all sorts of stipas and miscanthuses, well that’s what I have noticed and recognised but there is much more. This ornamental grass garden will look at its best towards the end of the summer as those grasses will reach their full growth and height. So, I may go there again and if so will add a few more photos to the post. It will be interesting to see how the mood of the garden will change by then.

GRASS GARDEN VLOG

I know the quality is not the best, but so isn’t my old Lumix camera … one day it will be updated 🙂

The grass garden makes me think of the sea with strong but gentle waves. It is the shape of the grasses which is sort of oval, then it’s the movements. The grasses move like seaweeds under the current or like waves that are moving up and down at an angle following the wind. Relaxing and hypnotising. Grasses catch the evening light very well too ‘the tea time’ light 🙂 or the drops of rain and later on the frost. They are very poetic plants. Also, like no other perennials, they create a sound, it is whistling. Long, thin leaves move against each other adding sound to the garden or music for the more sensitive visitors.

Must say Dublin Botanic Garden could have a much better website with some great photography, especially since the place has visually a lot to offer.

 

GREENHOUSES

Dublin Botanic Garden has established in  1795 and it has a Victorian feel to it, especially the greenhouses resembling The Crystal Palace Expo in 1851 in London.

 

VIKING HOUSE IN DUBLIN BOTANIC GARDEN

It would be great if we could leave in that kind of eco-houses today, wouldn’t it? Houses that had to be rebuilt every 20 years at a low cost, totally organic inside and outside. Once the house was gone it turned into a compost. Unlike today the scary concrete monsters we live in, that will take forever to disappear. How much smaller would be the mortgage on an organic house!

 

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden
Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

To follow the building process click on the link.

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

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Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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CACTUS GARDEN IN BARCELONA CITY

Montjuic hillside, Cactus Garden, Barcelona

THE MONTJUIC HILLSIDE
CACTUS GARDEN

Montjuic Mountain is a hillside on the coast of Barcelona city. Today it is one of the top tourist’s attractions with museums, sports venues, gardens and restaurants. There is a good bit of walking on a steep hill, so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and drink plenty of water if you decide to visit it.

The Cactus Garden called Jardins de Mossen Costa i Llorbera was designed in 1970 and refurbished 25 years later. The garden specialises in a variety of species from desert, sub-desert and tropical areas. It contains 800 types of cactuses and succulents, some of them are several hundred years old. Access to the garden is free of charge.

Cactuses have plenty of ‘followers’ and I am one of them too. Prickly and undemanding beasts with a great character. Their architectural qualities can make a great statement for any living space. The slow growth makes them even more special.

Cool addition to the garden would be a little gift shop with unusual cactuses and succulents … I was hoping to find one there but unfortunately, there isn’t such a facility.

THE MONTJUIC HILLSIDE VIEW

CACTUSES

PALMS

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 3

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017

This is a mix of different gardens, unfortunately, I did not have a chance to catch their names and the designers. Just to let you know; plants will not look that good if they are planted so close to each other. By nature, they will fight for the territory and access to light, so the stronger, taller plant will take over the little one.

The way there are designed (except the Wall Garden) is just for the show and for the visual aspect of the garden. It is a bit like the IKEA rooms with a perfect colour synchronisation, styling and arrangement of the objects. All clean and tidy but no one lives there, it is just a set to let you be inspired!

Paper flower is designed and created by Queens of Neon.

Enjoy the colours and the ideas!

BLOOM FESTIVAL VLOG

THE WALL GARDEN

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin
The Wall Garden

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

WHITE, RED & PURPLE

PAPER, COLOURS & WOOD

 

Autor: Walkowska Aleksandra

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BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 2

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

So, I have taken so many photos the day I went to see the Bloom Festival that I will have to spread them in more than two or maybe even three posts.

Taking photographs among such a crowd of people was not ideal, but hey maybe that’s the skill to be quick but good at it. In this post, I would like to feature a few gardens with a story and a message behind them that somehow stood out among others.

Living La Vida 120 by Kevin Dennis

Celebrating the ‘oasis moment’ that we search in our lives the garden has an exotic look with a primitive feel and clean lines of contemporary design. I could picture the garden somewhere behind the main house, an area that was used for something else but with time and human activity became a place of retreat. Sort of a playground for grown-ups who love a bit of adventure.

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

A World Beyond Walls, Oxfam Ireland, by Niall Maxwell

In the last number of years there are now 63 walls and fences being built mostly in Europe between communities and between countries, says Jim Clarken CEO, Oxfam Ireland.

The World Beyond Walls designed by Niall Maxwell is a community park with a big wall at the back that has been taken apart. The empty space in the concrete wall has been replaced with a mirror. I did not realise it at first when I was looking at the garden, I thought I was looking at a crowd of people on the other side of the wall.

When we are looking at that wall we see our reflection, so anyone on the other side of the wall is exactly the same as us. Human emotions are the same, no matter where we come from. Who would have thought Donald Trump would inspire such a cool, urban garden! 😀

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls
Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Trócaire at Bloom 2017

The garden is designed to demonstrate the ongoing struggle that many indigenous people are faced with when defending their land. Being an environmental defender in Central America is very dangerous with two people killed every week defending their land, forests and waterways from big international corporations. In 2015, there were 185 murders of people defending their lands, forests and rivers in 16 countries across the world; the deadliest year on record. (click on the source)

Trócaire volunteer at the show gave me the background story of the garden; it starts with a very poor soil on which only very resistant plants can grow – this part represents people who have been forced from their land for political and commercial reasons while suffering persecution and human rights abuses.

The inner area contrasts this with a lush oasis, symbolising the sustainable rejuvenation and empowerment made possible through Trócaire support.

The plastic purple panels represent people coming together, the colour is changing depending on the light.

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire
Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Hope you feel inspired! 😀

   

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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TRANSITION GARDEN, BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017

Bloom best garden award

Bloom Festival is a garden&food festival taking place every year in Phoenix Park (the biggest park in Europe) in Dublin, Ireland. The show is dedicated to the Irish garden designers and the local food producers, it is supported by Bord Bia – Irish Food Board. It’s a very popular festival bringing people from all around Ireland to enjoy the garden design and food from the local food producers.

If you intend to visit if you have to be well prepared, what I mean by that is to have your clothes prepared for all kinds of weather as it changes frequently at this time, comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking to do. Basically, prepare yourself the same way as if you were going hiking 😉

Many years ago I had the privilege to work for this year winners (and the winners of previous years) Oliver & Liath Schurmann. I spent a couple of years working with them in their Mount Venus Nursery and ever since became very enthusiastic about plants and gardening, but that’s the effect they had on me 🙂 Before that, I’ve never paid much attention to plants and flowers … gardening was something my mother did.

TRANSITION GARDEN

Is inspired by the couple’s fisherman cottage in Connemara  (the district in western Ireland, facing the Atlantic). Transition garden captures the atmosphere of the district that has influenced so many Irish painters over the years.  Oliver says:  (…) you have the feeling that when the person isn’t living there, well the storm is just gonna blow it away and the landscape is going to live on.

We created an atmosphere, an atmosphere where the eye travels slowly, wanders through the garden, doesn’t really know where to stop looking. Once we achieve that we feel at home in the garden

And it is true, you just wanted to stay around the garden and meditate without realising it. The relaxing sound of the running stream and the sound of soft wind blowing … it was hypnotising and so peaceful 🙂 I would like to remember how the garden made me feel when I was looking at it, so I can go back to that moment when I need to.

Click for a full interview with Oliver Schurmann and his gardening tips on lighting, perspective and water in the garden in The Independent.

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY

 

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady

THE IRISH TIMES

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

   

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE COSTA BRAVA

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

THE MARIMURTRA BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is located on the coast of the Mediterranean, perched on top of rocky cliffs in Blanes, in Catalonia, Spain. It is a creation of a German botanist Carl Faust who founded the garden in 1920’s.

It is a four hectares land dominated by a Mediterranean forest which is divided into three zones; subtropical, temperate and Mediterranean. There is also a pond with good few koi fishes 😀

A friend of mine visited the garden last winter, some of those images are from that visit. You can probably notice the different light, the plants or some of them look different too as they were in a state of vegetation. We went to visit the garden again at the end of April this year. To get the proper feeling of the place, it is probably the best to see the garden during different seasons of the year. There is a lot to take in during the first visit with 3,000 exotic species and plenty of other visitors around who are trying to find their own privacy within the place.

Poems wall in Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Marimurtra Botanic Garden
Poems wall

Mignon’s Longing
By J.W. Goethe

You know that land where lemon orchards bloom,
Its golden oranges aglow in a gloom,
That land of soft wind blowing from the blue sky,
Where myrtle hushes and the laurel’s high?
You know that land?
That way! That way
I’d go with you, my love, and go today. (…)

The Original: Mignons Sehnsucht, translated by A.Z. Foreman

Personally, I found the garden very mythological … inspired by Greek gods and goddesses. Venus, Poseidon, Aphrodite or Zeus they all live there 😉 in a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Marimurtra garden is one of those places where you can travel back in time spiritually … as the time does not exist while you there 🙂

 

ZOOM

 

Curious koi fishes are not used to the camera!

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

   


Post created in collaboration with Sparky Magazine, all images&videos were produced by Sparky Magazine.

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