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.