Cityscapes gardens launch
Cityscapes has got on the way this summer. This London garden design festival, that we've co-directed with Darryl Moore, launched in a capsule on the EDF Energy London Eye that was turned into Londonís highest garden. Designed by award-winning garden designer Andy Sturgeon and sponsored by Pommery champagne. The Pommery EyeGarden was an artistic interpretation of the city, contrasting clean white geometry with lush green planting, creating a neat interplay between the world inside the capsule and the views of the city beyond.
Next to launch was a garden in London's most incredible theatre venue, The Old Vic Tunnels, by horticultural artists Tony Heywood and Alison Condie. They've turned their garden from RHS Chelsea Flower Show into a fungi garden that you'll be able to see evolve underground up till October. See the website for opening hours- it looks, smells and sounds like no garden you'll have ever experienced before so do visit if you're in the South Bank area. >
The most recent project is a new permanent garden built in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation called Gibbon's Rent, on a forgotten patch of land behind City Hall. Recently used as the venue for the opening of the 2012 London Festival of Architecture the space is designed by Andrew Burns and Sarah Eberle to be a community garden, to which local residents can contribute pots and plants and help with its upkeep, which will result in a constantly evolving space reflecting the vibrant local neighbourhood. Driven by the support and funding of Team London Bridge and Southwark Council it is hoped to become a hidden gem in Bermondsey's thriving cultural scene.
See www.cityscapes.org.uk for more details.