Director Dan Bowyer said “The garden is inspired by local history and industry. The Romans first encouraged the development of fabric and the growing of woad in the area known as the Hortillonages. The islands in the city are a direct result of cutting canals from the River Somme. The garden that we have designed is based on a remnant of blue and yellow fabric. Yellow for the woad flowers and blue for the indigo it produces.”
Threads of planting will feature a structural element of grasses supporting the main selection of blue and yellow flowering perennials. 400 woad plants Isatis tinctoria have been supplied by the city but all other plants were supplied by James Coles & Sons of Leicester.
Dan added “We have worked with a local social enterprise to carry out much of the planting of over 7000 plants whilst the Lambeth based charity Streetscape who we have recently worked with at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show came over to give further support and help complete the planting. It has been great to get young people involved on such an unusual commission and also for a permanent project that is available to visitors and residents of Amiens.”
The garden is open as part of the ‘Art, Cities and Landscapes’ festival which runs from 14 June to 12 October organized by the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens.