Out­stand­ing gar­den

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Isaac We­ston’s tall wood struc­tures, cop­per, steel totems and plant­ings en­sure his BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val con­cept gar­den is a stand-out.

Lo­cated di­rectly be­hind the In­cu­ba­tor build­ing and vis­i­ble from the road, the 7squ mgar­den fea­tures hard land­scap­ing cre­ated bythe full­time artist with a com­pany named Re.Work.It.

The gar­den is at the fes­ti­val hub— the Tau­ranga His­toric Vil­lage. It is one of six gar­dens cre­ated around the vil­lage by lo­cal land­scape de­sign­ers/ ar­chi­tects.

Clever plan­ning has gone into this gar­den, cre­ated over three months. Isaac says the tall totems re­flect the Bay of Plenty ties to both the sea and the sur­round­ing Kaimai ranges, while the gar­den’s en­trance­way totems in­clude cop­per pip­ing rem­i­nis­cent of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments— a nod to the vil­lage’s new mu­sic space, The Jam Fac­tory. Rus­tic rail­way sleep­ers and met­als re­flect the his­tory of the vil­lage, and some of the vil­lage’s re­claimed items have been in­cor­po­rated into the gar­den edg­ing. There are raised gar­den beds and four hand­crafted red­wood sleeper seats.

Isaac’swife Lara, who owns Cool Plants and has a back­ground in hor­ti­cul­ture and land­scape de­sign, has en­sured the gar­den will have all-year ap­peal. The vi­brant red bark of four Acer senkaki Maples will pro­vide in­ter­est through­out the colder months. Bromeli­ads, Met­rosideros Tahiti and Gre­vil­lea, paired­with flow­ing grasses, of­fer pops of colour for the warmer months. Black mulch and crushed white shell paths pro­vide a crisp colour con­trast.

“The gar­den’s soft fo­liage, in­clud­ing that of the grasses, pro­vides a re­lax­ing med­i­ta­tive space in a light breeze,” Lara says. The gar­den’s lo­ca­tion in the creative cen­tre of the vil­lage was a key fac­tor in the de­sign. They set out to pro­vide a bright col­lab­o­ra­tive space where lo­cal cre­atives and the pub­lic could en­joy a space for con­ver­sa­tion, re­lax­ation and as a per­for­mance art arena.

“The art works and gar­den de­sign re­flect the creative heart of the vil­lage and its res­i­dents, which is very sat­is­fy­ing,” Isaac says. Isaac and Lara’s home gar­den (Cool Plants) will be on the fes­ti­val’s gar­den and art trail for those wish­ing to talk to Isaac about his creations.

All of the His­toric Vil­lage con­cept gar­denswill re­main be­yond the fes­ti­val’s Novem­ber 15-18 dates. They in­clude those with a fo­cus on the or­ganic and the ed­i­ble, a rain gar­den, and one ded­i­cated to Ja­panese koko­dama.

The His­toric Vil­lage will be the site for Bloom in the Bay— amini fes­ti­val ex­pected to at­tract large crowds. Itwill pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the con­cept gar­dens, says BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val direc­tor Marc An­der­son.

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Isaac We­ston’s struc­tures and plant­ings en­sure his BOP Gar­den & Art Fes­ti­val con­cept gar­den stands out.

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