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Public horticultural space in practice No.2

2011.06.25

Then, we visited “the rooftop garden in Higashishinagawa Marine Park” guided by Ms. Oku.
It took 15minutes by walk from “Tennozu Isle Station, Rinkai Line” to the entrance of the rooftop garden on the pump station. The access to the place was bit confusing but we reached to the third floor by elevator.
In fact, not so much expected, but there was surprisingly amazing world welcoming us up there.

The space made us felt somehow happy surrounded by carefully arranged horticultural flowers with unimaginably expanded greens.
The spatial design was simply composed, however, vitality plats consisted in was so appealing through flowers.
Though every single one was individually outstanding, moreover, the balance between individual and the overall was remarkable so that ingenuity the designer intended was revealed.

The garden consisted of 5 different color-corded gardens as well as ornamental grass garden and rose & conifer garden.
・The Pastel-colored Garden composed of gradational flowers from blue, pink to white. -Erica, Russian Sage, Dalia, Mock Orange-
・The Red Garden organized by unique planting centralized with fruit trees and red flowers. -Serviceberry, Hemerocallis, Salvia-
・The Yellow Garden composed of vivid yellow flowers. -Laburnum, Dyers Chamomile, German Iris-
・The Silver Leaf & White Garden based on white flowers combined with silver or silver-blue leafed plants including flowering trees. -Eucalyptus, Feijoa, Lavender, Pampas Grass, Bluegrass-
・The Black Garden centralized with black flowers united blackish purple and dark red flowers and leaves. -Knapweed, Dalia, Lilly, Newsyran, Heuchera-
・The Ornamental Grass Garden utilized plenty of perennials with fellow of Poaceae swinging in the wind. -Threadleaf Eulalia, Pennisetum, Rudbeckia, Dalia-
・The Rose & Conifer Garden composed of distinctive leafed conifers and rose planting beds with clematises. -Rose, Skyrocket Conifer, Colorado Dwarf Juniper, Clematis-

Other than those above, there were a collection of buddleia and raised planting beds for wheelchairs, and so on. Probably because of the location, it was a pity that only few people have been seen in the site even though there were plenty of things to see.

The way Ms. Oku had managed all areas was quite organic. The amount and variety of plants to purchase was undetermined within annual plan, in other words, it depended on the seasonal climate conditions and plant condition to obtain flowers by a general budget.

For the municipality’s sake, it is appropriate to decide budget and contents at beginning. However, many people are struggling on the actual site.
In different point of view, this method, as it evaluate garden with the degree of satisfaction, would be described as new type of economic theory employing sensibility as new criteria, beyond economic theory in 20th-century capitalism.

So far by utilize that method, the management had been going well without any difficulty.

I was encouraged to know the fact that the system like that was actually functioned close by, and left the garden with satisfaction.

I am with gratitude for the lecture Ms. Mineko Oku provided.

Yoshiki Toda

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