AWARD WINNING SHOW GARDEN
'Gardens of Peace'
In the short time humans have lived on earth, we have tried to tame nature through our advances in agriculture and science. We have dominated both in number and influence. Our climate is now changing as a result and nature is in turmoil, inflicting extreme weather events causing human suffering and loss. This garden addresses this turmoil and inspires us to restore balance and peace to our natural world.
THE EYE OF PROVIDENCE
The Eye of Providence transcends many cultures and faiths and can symbolise the eye of God watching over all humanity, representing moral conscience, clairvoyance, light and truth. Looking directly into the eye is said to reveal honesty.
JOURNEY OF ENLIGHTENMENT
The lush green living iris contrasts draws us in to experience the divine peace of its ancient garden and the true balance in life that is nature. Along the path, there are representations of forest fires, storms and floods and a crop monoculture reminds us that our domination in agriculture across the world, has driven out diversity and balance.
The pupil of the eye is a window and for those that choose, it is a way through into the secluded, ancient forest beyond.
ENTERING THE GARDEN
Choosing to enter, requires a little effort in lifting our legs through, in the same way that it takes effort to self-reflect. Here we are greeted with our own reflection, set amongst a verdant forest.
Ferns and other ancient species create the forest. The dappled light in the canopy above is protecting, and there is a narrow pathway to find and follow through the planting which allows the visitor to touch and view the plants from all angles.
MAXIMISING THE SPACE
Being restricted in space to show garden dimensions, I have created the illusion of a seemingly immeasurable ancient forest by creating height amongst the planting, and using reflections created by the mirrored walls strategically placed.