Public to pick the fruit of edible designs
The student designs focus on Wellington City Council’s new urban plan called Towards 2040, which wants to use Wellington as a living lab for environmental ideas. The Massey students came up with a range of green schemes including community and market gardens and collective-responsibility micro-farms peppered throughout the city.
A temporary ‘pop-up’ garden in Kilbirnie is one of the pilot projects Massey and the Council have been working alongside neighbourhood gardeners and a group from Lyall Bay school to grow plants and vegetables in a way that draws in would-be local gardeners. The pop-up garden will be there for the summer season after which time plants and planters are to be donated to local shared gardens. Locals tend it but if you’d like to get involved you can register for gardening sessions, planting parties and harvest days.
A second pop-up garden will appear temporarily in Civic Square in January, says Amanda Yates, Massey’s senior lecturer in spatial design.
“It’s intriguing to have a garden pop out of nowhere and disappear again,” Yates explains, “The people can literally pick and eat the fruit of these designs.”
Massey’s currently taking action on a proposal for a rooftop garden and though they can’t confirm the details yet, the plan is that we’ll soon see plants blooming on the top of an inner-city restaurant.
Contact Amanda Yates at Massey University to get involved.