I’m headed to Orlando next week to speak at the Epcot International Garden Festival. I’m excited, but still have to put final touches one of my two presentations and I am also quickly sneaking up on some big deadlines to get the next issue of PITH + VIGOR out in Late May (I hate to ask – but have you subscribed?). As if this wasn’t enough – the compost/ mulch is being delivered (I figure it is ok since the adjacent snow pile is now less than 3 feet tall) and most importantly I have to sew on all the monkey and elephant tails for the costumes for my son’s upcoming play (Note to self: Do Not Forget the Monkey Tails! Repeat. Do Not Forget…). I’m stressed.
If I have any spare time (NOT), I am digging into this idea of interactive gardens. Check out all these links and tell me what you think….my mind is kind of blown.
- I found this video from the Disney research people and it has sent me off on an imaginative tangent. I am fascinated by the idea that perhaps in the not too distant future, these keyboards and dull looking computer devices that we work on everyday could be replaced with plants – as in I could type this blog post by stroking the leaves of a lambs ear (Stachys byzantina) or by running my fingers through some mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima). Wouldn’t that just be a huge life improvement?
- Alexander at Pruned is equally excited — check out his post. I love his idea that your inbox could be a clump of berries that fatten up as it fills and you pick (and maybe your even eat them – though apparently that technology is not so evolved) them to read the messages.
- TeamLab is working down similar paths with amazing art installations. The picture above is a piece where the plants interact and dance with you as you move through the garden. All of this is hard to get your head around – so here is post about this particular installation.
- Check out this Cyber Gardening project by ecoLogicalStudio – It is basically a giant garden with bacteria and algae, controlled with computers, and which is 100% dependent on personal communication to grow the plants.
- How about a Plant concert – Yes, the plants make music when you come near them or if you touch them….and it is all done by sensing our invisible electrostatic aura. Wild right?
So now that I have totally messed with your head (my own spins with this stuff)….I’ll leave you to enjoy your weekend.