Natural Treasure Show Garden, 2019 Taoyuan Agriculture EXPO
The Natural Treasure Garden received many visitors during the show in October for its flowers, but also for the sculptures and the eco-friendly green structure.
The garden is inspired by the beauty of nature, bringing a whole new dimension to our garden that provides aesthetic pleasure and functionality, as well as benefits for the environment. The aim of the design concept is to show visitors that contemporary gardens in the city can be environmentally friendly, with a sustainable design approach that uses a combination of ethically sourced materials, eco-friendly plants and innovative technology to reduce its carbon footprint and enhance habitats for wildlife.
The garden includes three medium-sized and six smaller trees, a native wildflower meadow on the hills, a green roof with a rain harvesting system, a native woodland mix, perennial flowering beds, a viewing platform, a water feature, a permeable pathway, stone benches and artwork /sculpture in a natural setting.
Key Design Features
- The eco-friendly, natural-looking structure provides an important green landmark within the space. The view at the end of the green tunnel creates depth in the natural landscape with an unexpected art work/sculpture.
- A green roof on the structure provides environmental benefits such as lessening the ‘Urban Heat Island’ (UHI) effect, capturing particulates and pollutants in the air, producing oxygen and providing insulation to enable energy saving.
- A rainwater-harvesting system along the edge of the hills captures rainwater for irrigation and the water feature.
- The insect hotels on the both sides of the entrance of the green tunnel are made by local bamboos to promote biodiversity, providing homes for hibernating urban insects such as ladybirds and butterflies.
- The viewing platform, made from local sustainable bamboo material, provides an enjoyable view within the flower bed for visitors. The water feature at the end of the platform trickles gently over the gravel surface within the plants to create a focal point in a relaxing environment and a cooling factor within the space during warmer days at the show.
- The art works / deer-shaped sculptures within the planting beds symbolises wildlife in the countryside in harmony with the natural setting as part of the ecosystem.
- The permeable paving surface provides a sustainable drainage system (SUDS), allowing the movement of storm water through the surface and preventing flooding and storm water runoff.
- The proposed tree-planting enhances wildlife by cooling the air, providing shade and reducing the UHI effect.
- The tall, evergreen ornamental hedge as the background provides an enclosure within the space as a green structure.
- The proposed naturalistic planting scheme contains mostly native local plants to enhance habitat and encourage biodiversity.
- Both the native wildflower meadow on the hills and the green roof attract butterflies and other insects to enhance biodiversity.
In conclusion, we can create beautiful and functional places in a natural setting with a low carbon footprint using an approach that includes the use of local and recycled materials, installing natural insulation and sustainable drainage systems, reducing the use of natural resources and proposing eco-friendly native perennials and shrubs which attract insects and provide food and homes for butterflies, bees, hoverflies and grasshoppers to enhance the habitat. First insects, then birds, and finally mammals are attracted to the space to enable a wonderful healthy eco-system, especially important in the city.