Private Plots and Public Spots – and Cow Bones as Pavers!

The international competition: ‘Best Private Plots 08 – Die besten Gärten 2008’ is being held for the third consecutive year. Awards are in recognition of newly designed gardens or for redesign of existing gardens.

Checking into previous winners in 2006 and 2007 revealed some interesting inspirations….check out the pavers for this garden that won first prize in 2007.
cow bone paving
Designed by: Jane Sarah Bihr-de Salis – Landscape Architect BSLA – Kallern, Switzerland Garten Lukoschus-Dinte

The gardens’ design is rooted in religious symbolism, as described by the designer:

The floor surface, consisting of an arrangement of bone segments, makes reference to hell. There is mention in historical literature of the use of bone by the poor as flooring material during the Middle Ages, and as symbol of eternal life in ancient Greece. The bones used in the tea house were supplied by the cook at the local nursing home. He had cooperated in this endeavour the previous winter by repeatedly placing osso bucco on the meal plan.

The competition highlights the garden as a place of innovation, as a space for creative expression and action, as contemporary dialogue between architecture and landscape.
I am looking forward to the 2008 winners being announced in a couple weeks.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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