Ever since I was a kid I would sit on the hill at the domain over looking the winter gardens imagining all the possibilities of what they could be... from a stunning loft style home or a fancy place to wine and dine. So naturally when I first read the brief I was ecstatic!
27:02:18 - first official site visit. I went for a quick wander around and perched myself on a park bench between the two glass houses overlooking the pond, and started to sketch. As I am not really a sketcher I didn’t have high hopes, I really just wanted to focus and have to observe the details I would normally greatly overlook. But I was pleasantly surprised with how my drawing turned out. I liked how the over grown plants on the covered walkways changed the lines in the architecture, and how the brick met the glass or how the top of the glass house had crazy mechanisms. These are all things that on first glance my eye completely missed.
The above images are a few that I took at the gardens of little pockets that stood out to me. Looking back on the images these are the ones that provoked thought and feelings.
Joe a Gardner in the winter gardens had so much knowledge and passion the just spilled out of him.
Joe has been in the job for 17 years, and still loves it. With any question I asked his response seemed to end with "hard case". He was such a quriky dude but we have a lot to learn from him. One thing Joe spoke about was the lighting in the the glass house. He was very passionate and upset by the fact the the council has taken out the historic lighting and replaced them with halogen spot lights that sat perched up in the ceiling.
Another interesting point Joe brought up was that for everything plant that is on display in the Gardens there is at least one other replacement plant exactly the same.