Grant Associates is to create a permanent exhibition garden on behalf of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) for the 2019 Beijing International Horticultural Exposition.
Taking place in China’s capital from 29th April – 7th October 2019. The exposition is one the largest horticultural trade events in the world. Organisers are expecting around 16 million visitors.
2019’s event will take the theme ‘Live Green Live Better’ and aims to show ecological concepts and disseminate green ideas. These principles will be expressed through a variety of exhibition gardens.
The design of Grant Associates’ garden, entitled ‘The Rewilding Garden’,. It is inspired by AIPH’s mission to act as an international champion for the power of plants to enhance the world.
Covering a total of 1500 m2 , The Rewilding Garden introduces visitors to the AIPH’s ‘Green City Principles’. The initiative promotes the benefits of integrating nature into cities.
Designed using sustainable landscape strategies, the Rewilding Garden aims to spark visitors’ interest, curiosity and delight in the nature as well as demonstrate how nature can flourish in an urban context.
Full details about the Rewilding Garden are below:
Visitors begin their journey at a welcome kiosk. This will lead through to a display about the core values of sustainable and biophilic design. An edible wall demonstrates how plants can thrive in peat-free soil. Some plants will be growing without any soil at all in nutrient rich water (an example of hydroponics).
Urban Healing Forest Garden.
Visitors are immersed in greenery as they continue along an elevated boardwalk through an ‘urban forest’. Information boards explain how the surrounding trees and plants not only clean the air, soil and water, but also promote wellbeing. A sequence of seating ‘snugs’ enhance visitors’ immersive experience.
This area within the urban forest showcases sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). Showing how they manage and clean urban run-off, helping to sustain a biodiverse rich habitat.
The meadow demonstrates how cities can provide a biodiverse habitat for birds, bees and butterflies. The selected plant species are low management, suited to urban environments and adaptive to climate change.
The pavilion juxtaposes AIPH’s ‘intellectual’ messages with emotionally evocative artworks. These include suspended flower displays, a horticultural inspired floor graphic and a digital display providing information on green cities. The pavilion measures eight meters in diameter.