The Artist Garden was a project created for the UK City of Culture in Derry-Londonderry, the project saw Artist Katie Holten design a garden which was built for the City of Culture. Void Derry Gallery were behind the project. I was the Horticultural advisor on the project, Romac Landscapes was project manager. The project saw a formery unused Factory courtyard (which gets no direct sunlight) transformed into a woodland inspired garden, inspired by the phrase '1000 shades of green' and a recent walk I led to Loughermore Forest in County Derry - the ancient woodland around Ashbrook House supplied the Aged Timber and Stones for the garden, plants for the project were sourced through Gardening Express
I was down in the Artist Garden project that was created for the City of Culture. Located in the City Factory side beside the Void Gallery. Here's a few pics which show how well things are growing under Gardener Caroline Harkins supervision. Great to see Hostas and perennials popping up everywhere...and best of all...The Artist Garden is now open to the public...so pop on down and have a looksee for yourself....
The Tree of Positive Solutions found a home this week, the folks from Youth Action NI brought it over and 'planted' it in the Artist Garden in the City Factory.
If you remember this tree was supplied by the Gardening club of St Patricks Primary for Youth Action to use during a visit by President Higgins in April.
Since then the tree has been varnished, added to by more Youth Action members and today found a home for Community Relations Week in the Void Derry Artist Garden site...
The Katie holten designed Artist Garden project is coming on great..the official opening is this sat from 6-8pm with the Mayor Kevin Campbell doing the honours, the challenge of this project has been the shade (from the planting choice), the courtyard of the City Factory gets no direct sunlight, so the choice of plants have to have this factored in, a plant we have majored on is Ferns, we have a lovely selection planted in the garden, some Evergreen, some non-evergreen, so it'll probably August when the garden is at its best, as this is when all the Hostas will be up and in their glory too....
In the garden I think we have 10 different types of ferns, from small to medium to large growing types, as mentioned before some evergreen, some non-evergreen, these few pics are them just after we had them planted, and they arrived in this great condition. We selected Ferns which were tough and pretty and provided a range of colours and textures. We sourced the Ferns here from Gardening Express.
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