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Public horticultural space in practice No.1

2011.06.25

Under uncertain weather condition on June 25, there was an opportunity to take a look at public horticultural design in practice (including parks)、organized by Japan Landscape Forum.

The lecturer was Ms. Mineko Oku, a pioneer for horticultural design, graduated from Keisen, and having been energetic on the field as publishing many books like “making beautiful flower beds,” “a handbook for bulbs” and “joy on half-shaded and full-shaded.”

Guided by Ms. Oku, we visited “Shinagawa Central Park” at first.
Since it was Saturday and the park was adjacent to Shinagawa Ward Office, there were a lot of people out there, playing tennis, soccer, just taking a walk or resting in the park.
The park was composed with the ordinal layout, including athletic field at the backside, the central resting area, and leading plaza with the water feature at the entrance.
Despite ordinal arrangement on tall-tree planting design and park facilities, each element was spatially intermediated by horticultural design, and it expanded with various measures at scenes through the park.

So, let it start with the surroundings.
Ms. Oku has a pet theory; ”a safe place for children is to have clear visibility through the entire place with bright and neat entrance” was put into practice there. ”
The way of creating relaxing atmosphere by getting rid of overgrown shrubs in order to clear up the sight and decorate the space with bright colored leaves, flowers, and groundcovers, was so significantly effective that it could be applicable to any other projects.
However, what actually were flowers tightened each other in order not to be taken out by unmannered townsfolk.

Also, to effectively express flower arrangement by the way sterically showing on the slope, there was a rock garden that turned to be a highlight in the design at the both sides of the central area of the park.
It was also intended to lead people to enjoy the scenery with the gentle flower arrangement during jogging around the athletic fields.

Meanwhile, pruning camphor trees at the center of the park was maintained impressively.
Each tree was entirely sorted out without any sense of heaviness the evergreen tree usually has, and even it gave the sense of lightness by giving a glimpse of the sky through the neatly trimmed leaves.
As I was amazed and ask to accompanied Mr. Takehiko Matsuda, he replied that keeping in good condition of the tree could be done by pruning them with both rough and fine watermarking in just right balance.
It was great opportunity to make us think it is necessary to create more occasions to let those well-trained artisans work well.

Yoshiki Toda

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