Taxonomy is the scientific term for the naming of plants and Canadian designer Rosetta Sarah Elkin has selected a cross section of miniature examples of different plant forms to create an installation in the very exclusive private garden in Belgrave square.
Displayed in twenty-five stainless steel tubes, all the materials for Rosetta’s vertical gardens have been collected from London’s Highgate Cemetery. Each tube contains a miniature garden which is a delight to look into, one is a winter scene of holly, pine cones and faded spruce needles, another is a bright blue forget-me-not growing wild amongst stones and weeds.
Arranged together in perfect symmetry, each individual tube becomes a whole, reflecting the garden around them with their polished surfaces. It is an arresting sight, such formality amongst the natural background of a London garden but it works – plus, an unexpected benefit is the opportunity to have a look around a normally private garden which is open to the public for the duration of the installation. Opening times vary – visit www.chelseafringe.com for more information.
And it isn’t just Belgrave Square where you could be surprised by a sudden, unexpected flower display. On the side of the busy Buckingham Palace Road in Victoria Oldfield Travel Partners have decorated the forecourt in front of their offices with a distinctive travelling theme. Vintage suitcases, old metal trunks and wellington boots have been planted with very English cottage garden look of foxgloves, geraniums, alliums and trailing plants – a mini floral garden to delight and cheer the weary commuter or tourist as they make their way between Victoria’s Coach and railway station.
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