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Medicinal Herb Garden (Invisible Garden)


name: Medicinal Herb Garden (Invisible Garden)
type: urban biotope
address: Budafabriek, Dam 2 Kortrijk Belgium
gps location: 50.8317, 3.26395
dimensions: 6.00x8.00 meter
start date: 2014-10-30
end date: 2015-02-08


Zone #03 : the Medicinal Herb Garden
date: 2014-11-28
The medicinal herb garden is built around 6 big herb containers that I received from the Tuinbouwschool Kortrijk (PTI). More herbs from Willaert are added, as well as some medicinal shrubs.
After one month: The herbs from PTI do relatively well. Lavandula is growing again, as well as the Salvia. The Hedera is fine, also the taxus and the Photinia. Verbena bonariensis is in a second youth. The Nepeta faded away but is not yet dead. The sedums (elegans and oreganum) will sprout again, they are struggling. The Tanacetum tries also to come back, but is attacked by aphids. Salvia elegans lost its red flowers but is doing fine. Sedum spectablile is growing well, although the flowers lost their colour. Two of the 6 Genista's are dead, but the other 4 plants are doing fine. The Herb garden is missing real bees, the simulacrum 'beehive + video' is not enough to keep up a real summer feeling ...

The flowers and the bees
date: 2014-11-05

The poppy (Papaver somniferum) is a flower that is visited by the bees very early in the morning. As the spectrum of the bees is shifted towards the lower wavelenghts, the bees see the red of the poppy as black.
The yellow of the Cucurbita pepo (zucchini) flower is seen as such. The Cucurbita family is highly frequented by pollinating insects.

Medicinal plants coming from Willaert
date: 2014-10-31
Cytisus burkwoodii (brem), Foeniculum vulgare giant bronze (bronsvenkel), Fragaria choloensis (bosaardbei), Hedera helix (klimop), Lavandula angustifolia 'hidcote' (lavendel), Nepeta faasenii (kattenkruid), Prunus laurensis 'rotundifolia' (laurierkers), Salvia nemorosa 'caradonna' (salie), Salvia nemorosa 'ostfriesland' (salie).

Medicinal Herbs donated by PTI
date: 2014-10-31
Tanacetum vulgare - boerenwormkruid, Thymus citriodorus - citroentijm, Allium schoenoprasum - bieslook, Origanum marjolana - marjolein, Lavendula angustifolia - lavendel, Borago officinalis - borage of komkommerkruid, Fragula - aardbei, Allium - look, Pelargonium graveolens - citroengeranium, Salvia elegans - ananassalie, Sedum rupestre - tripmadam, Santolina chamaecyparissus - santolina, Melissa officinalis - citroenmelisse

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.