This garden takes the form of a theatre stage set up for a dazzling dragonfly ballet. An aquatic garden with shimmering pools of water sets the scene of a mystical forest glade bathed in dappled light filtering through orchids and air plants strung through the trees. Lilies stand elegantly among other semi-submergent, emergent and margin plants, serving as a dragonfly habitat for both the larvae and adults, which are important ecological indicators. Inspired by dragonflies as symbols of change and transformation, this garden highlights the importance of adapting our practices for a resilient future, The garden incorporates many sustainable efforts in upcycling by giving unwanted materials a new life in different garden elements.
One’s mind will be taken to a place of solitude when approaching this sunken garden - a place where amidst the lush greenery, unforgiving elements have left this setting forever waiting. Untouched and surrounded by water, it rests inside the deep, expressing the beauty of being isolated. Peepholes and vantage points are hidden throughout to peer into this forgotten intimacy, where one will be absorbed into this lost gem. Designer: Emily & Mark Cook (USA)
The garden represents a day of human life. Nature surrounds the visitor everywhere - especially aquatic elements - to underscore its importance in our lives. Some plants have been specifically chosen because of their benevolent properties, such as the Bacopa monnieri that is used as a medicinal herb, and the Tillandsia as versatile air plant that can help to purify the air. Throughout the display, visitors will also come across story boxes that are filled with suggestions and thought-provoking sketches that outline the optimal relationship between Man and nature. Chinese instrumental are audible in the background, transporting visitors back to the past where the world was different. There is also a replica of a forest at a corner of the display, representing how nature is suffering today as a result of Man's actions. Designer: Chicco Margaroli collab. Stefano Passerotti (Europe)
Who could forget Jiangnan, a paradise of rolling hills and serene lakes? "Memories of a Water Village" is reminiscent of a traditional farmer's abode in Jiangnan. At night, the stars complement the flowers in the garden, illuminating the picturesque pastoral setting. This display underscores the need to conserve our natural heritage amidst human progress. Designer: Song Xiaogu (China)