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Edible Forest Garden (Invisible Garden)










































Facts

name: Edible Forest Garden (Invisible Garden)
type: urban biotope
address: Budafabriek, Dam 2 Kortrijk Belgium
gps location: 50.8317, 3.26395
dimensions: 5.00x10.00 meter
start date: 2014-10-30
end date: 2015-02-08

Observations






Events in the Edible Forest Garden
date: 2014-12-23
During the first days, we had some mushrooms coming up, probably the spores were in the soil of the young oak trees coming from PTI.
Then we had some crane flies (langpoot muggen) hanging in the olive trees, and finally a small white butterfly (koolwitje) was spotted in the Edible Forest Garden. Other animals incule worms, garden snails and later came some unwanted visitors as aphids and mealybugs.









Views of the Edible Forest Garden
date: 2014-12-23
Edible Forest Garden after one month: the Olive trees had not enough water in the beginning, but are recovering now. The mealybug, which is active in the olive trees of the Mediterrenean Garden, has not yet reached the Forest garden trees - but is is not far away. The Eleagnus ebbengei has been attacked by a specific flea. Its leaves are pierced and the larves of the flea leave white waxtreads on the stems of the plant. We introduced the biological pest control 'Chrysopa' to restore the balance in the ecosystem.
The young oaks loose their leaves, which is normal in autums/winter. The Laurel and the Liguster are doing well, as well as the ferns.
The Verbena bonariensis is becoming green again, a second youth? A new spring? The grasses turned yellow but are still beautiful. The Salvia caradonna is struggling, but will hopefully survive ...


Caterpillars in the Forest Garden
date: 2014-11-06

Every year around end of june, a family of caterpillars occupies a little fruit tree and in 2 days they eat all the leaves. At the end, only a bare stem results. I captivated a few of the caterpillars and I studied their movements under the microscope. This very short film is the result.






Zone #01: the Edible Forest Garden
date: 2014-11-05
The Edible Forest Garden is the first zone in the Invisible Garden. All plants (leaves, roots or fruits) are edible by humans or by animals. I call it the Edible Forest Garden, or also: the Bee Garden, as most of the plants are favourable for honeybees.






Plants donated by PTI for the Edible Forest Garden
date: 2014-10-31
Jonge eikeboompjes, Hypericum calicynum (hertshooi), Acaena (grondbedekker), Verbena bonariensis (maakt de verbinding met de Mediterrean garden).














Plants in the Edible Forest Garden
date: 2014-10-30
Plants bought at Willaert and introduced in the garden on 30 october 2014:
Laurus nobilis (laurier), Ligustrum ovalifolium (liguster), Lonicera pilatea (kamperfoeliestruik ), Eleagnus ebbingei, Olea europeae (olijfboom), Molinia arund 'Foester' groot en klein, Panicum virgatum Squaw, Potentilla fruticosa 'red ace', Sedum acre, Sedum acre elegans, Sedum 'cauticola likadense', verschillende varens (mannetjes-, wijfjes-, dubbelloff varen), Salvia nem. 'caradonna'


Sociological Description
date: 2014-10-17
The garden design by AnneMarie Maes is realized with the help of Balthazar de Tonnac (code and electronics), Billy Bultheel (sound processing), AnneMarie Maes (artworks, database and plants). The horticulture students from the PTI (Provinciaal Technisch Instituut) and the gardeners from VELT ( Vereniging Ecologisch Leven en Tuinieren) will do interventions in the vegetable and herb garden.


Ecological Description
date: 2014-10-16
The garden is conceived according to the traditions of permaculture, respecting the principle of the 7 layers. The plants are selected on their edible and melliferous qualities, they create a subtle ecosystem that is favorable for humans and honeybees. Different plant species have been carefully selected to cohabit and thus approach as much as possible the complex ecological web that we find in natural environments.
Throughout the garden we discover a series of hidden poetic memories (audio, video). AnneMarie Maes is fascinated in structures created by Nature, structures that are often not visible unless you look at it through an artistic eye and with the technological tools of modern science. Within the garden are hidden examples, shown on small embedded screens, of the extraordinary structures that AnneMarie Maes draws our attention to.
In the Mediterrenean Garden the autumn-palet of the waving grasses lure the visitor inside the semi-dim room. Once deeper inside the installation, a colder and more exact laboratorium setup takes the overtone. Every plant is tagged with a QR-code. The plant’s evolution throughout the exhibition is updated in the OpenGreens database and this information can be tracked via mobile devices.


General Description
date: 2014-10-15
The Invisible Garden is a large-size art installation in the exhibition ‘the Green Light District : the place of Nature in the city of Men’. The garden is a remake of the Edible Forest Garden, the Open Air Laboratorium created by the artist AnneMarie Maes on her rooftop in the center of Brussels. The Invisible Garden is a sitespecific project that reverses the relation between nature and art. The transitions between inside and outside, culture and staged nature, become fluid and transitory.
The garden can be seen as a giant roof garden, as it covers an entire room of 200m2 on the first floor of the old Buda textile factory. Roughly four zones can be distinguished: the naturalistic mediterrenean garden, with olive trees and grasses, the edible forest garden, with bee-friendly trees, shrubs and ground covers, the vegetable garden with perennial and annual plants and the herb garden with medicinal plants.