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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Contents -

France’s first sta­tion green­ing project, a win­ning de­sign to re­vamp a Mersey­side mar­ket­place and Gar­denista’s Best Am­a­teur Gar­den of the year

Land­scape de­signer Alexis Tri­coire has cre­ated France’s first gare jardin (gar­den sta­tion) at Angers Saint-Laud in western France. The imag­i­na­tively planted in­stal­la­tion con­sists of five trees (a mix­ture of Cin­namo­mum cam­phora and Fi­cus ben­jam­ina, both of which can cope with sud­den changes in tem­per­a­ture) sus­pended in huge steel rings five me­tres above the sta­tion con­course. LED lights in the rings and sup­port­ing frame­work il­lu­mi­nate the trees at night and en­cour­age growth. Out­side on the sta­tion fore­court two fur­ther trees have also been sur­rounded by lu­mi­nous rings that can be used as seats. The in­stal­la­tion is part of a project ini­ti­ated by SNCF Gares & Con­nex­ions.


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