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This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics.
Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

a different kind of garden

Bless, based in Berlin, does design  so original it can shock people and loosen restricting preconceptions about what goes with what.

The installation called Windowgarden challenges ideas about inside and outside.

Windowgarden consists of a Perspex system that protrudes into a building. This enables everyone, even apartment dwellers with no balcony, to have a garden.

It's not just about blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. It's about bringing the outside in - letting plants and animals into what is generally considered a sacrosant space for humans - the exceptions being well behaved pets and pot plants.

Recently a series of Windowgardens were set up at Craft Victoria.  

Windows were removed and replaced with mesh that would let the air in.
Other windows were replaced just to give a different viewpoint.
Interior garden spaces were constructed by local artists and designers and filled with plants and objects.
As well as being a clever idea, Windowgardens can be fun, quirky and creative.


12 comments:

  1. I'm lost.

    How does the light get in?

    Is the building covered in plastic?

    Another post please.

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  2. Hi Catmint, I followed your link to the innovative shelf next to the slanted window... good idea. Many people here install "bump out" windows - a glass box inserted into the window frame that sticks outdoors a little ways... Makes for a mini indoor greenhouse of sorts! (I like them!) :-)

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  3. You've made me want to look into the work of Bless futher, Catmint, so thankyou. I never got around to the Craft Victoria exhibit, but a great site for it. There's not, as far as I know, anyone who has something like a garden gallery, where gardening and art may fuse...wouldn't mind doing it myself.

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  4. Very neat to bring the window garden into the home!

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  5. Now I remember seeing windowgardens in Switzerland. All those years ago they were more of a square 'bay window' giving space and light to grow plants.

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  6. Fascinating idea, I think anything that brings gardening to new people is good, if it gets them hooked on growing plants and all that goes with it.

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  7. dear Lucy, i guess the light varies in each building, as does the size and shape of the structure.

    dear sG, your comment makes me think of how Victorian houses used to have conservatories inside - like glasshouses I suppose.

    Hi Faisal, the installation did remind me of the lovely and creative and interesting installations you do. It could be a new art form - how exciting!

    Hi Tina, thanks for the visit and comment.

    Hi Diana, it is a bit like a bay window too.

    Hi Pauline, I agree, even if it doesn't get them hooked, it is still thought provoking.

    cheers, catmint

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  8. This does remind me of bay windows. I had one in a rental house when we lived in Texas but we were not in that house long enough for me to fill it with plants. Our cat loved the bay window and spent a lot of time looking at the great outdoors while feeling like he was in it...

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  9. Very interesting, gardening has no boundaries. Thanks for your comments on my site, but I truly have to say, your set up more than matches mine. Looks like you have changed the name of your blog and it seems not to open from where you leave a comment.

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  10. Dear Skeeter, that cat knew a thing or two ...

    Dear Alastair, I don't understand what you mean. I did change the name a long time ago, originally I called it slow gardening but it sounded too much like slow food and people assumed it was about growing food. Which it isn't, not people food anyway.

    cheers, cm

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  11. Hi Catmint. Fascinating post and what a great idea!
    It's also been really interesting to catch up on your back posts and see what's going on in your winter/spring garden when we're in high summer. You've got some great colour and texture combinations that I might just have to 'borrow'! :)

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  12. dear NG, you are welcome to borrow any of my plant combos and thank you for your warm words. cheers, cm

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