About my project as artist in residence at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden Mar - Nov 2011.
Friday, 11 March 2011
Each plant in its place
At the garden on Wednesday. I was looking again at the little banksia marginata that I sketched last time. Living at the margins its trunk has to be bandaged for the winter. Situated under a cedar tree that protects it from frost it has its own micro-climate. Yet the more I looked at the cedar the more I could make out the places where branches had been pruned to allow more light in. Bandaged and cut - both bush and tree are managed. The tree healed over its cuts. Other plants are wrapped in pyramids, covered in straw under a cloche, planted on the south facing slopes.
Yet there are so many signs of the garden waking up. The pergola has been removed and the box plants replanted elsewhere. All change and process.