Recall, Return, Renew
Designed by: Sue Arthur
Sue’s border is the result of word association with the theme ‘Wild Life,’ recollecting her childhood garden. The garden was next to an old church in which bats roosted and was an overgrown, wild and untamed landscape. On summer evenings Sue remembers climbing over an old broken-down Victorian wall into the church garden, alive with bats and moths. Full of awe and wonder, the children were immersed in the natural world with no sense of taming or harming it.
The border recolects the garden through the planting using mainly paler and night scented plants to attract moths and other insects which in turn are prey for bats. Encouraging bats is important ecologically, their presence is a sign of healthy and balanced natural environment. The smaller part of the border represented the “day” garden and the rest is the wild garden where the magic happened after dusk.
The sundial in the day garden reminds us that time is cyclic, enabling us to recall our “wild childhood”, and how undamaged the natural world seemed. We can return nature to how it was, and in doing so we can renew the world for a better future.