Sustainability is the keyword for this garden.
This garden aims to respond to the values of nature in an attempt to self-regulate the collection, storage and transportation of water within an irrigation system controlled by natural processes, principally osmosis. While ensuring that the garden is both as low maintenance as possible as well as maintaining high aesthetic standards.
The species selected, as a matter of principal, are drought tolerant and suitable for the changing environment that we find ourselves in. The planting style could be described as an ornamental woodland clearing, with lots of low level natural greens and intermittent canopy cover from beautiful multi-stemmed trees combined with pockets of deep purple-blue colour spread throughout. They have all been carefully selected to be appropriate for a changing living dynamic and to improve local biodiversity, as such they are very much plants that can be used in the garden for years to come.
The collection and redistribution system uses the principles derived from our experimentation with biomimicry – principally osmosis – in order to allow us to collect water both during times of drought and then to store water during wet periods, and irrigate via a delivery system that regulates the distribution of this resource as it becomes available and only to the locations where it is required.
Water transportation will be conducted by a series of ropes buried within the soil. By using osmosis we can effectively create an extended root system. During wetter seasons the water will not be transported but as the soil dries out the ropes will dry out proportionally and begin to pull water into the garden creating an automatic underground network that adapts to the conditions of the climate and to each individual area of the garden, watering where it is required based on the demand form the plants own root system only providing water to the areas that need it.