• A collection of The Quintessential English Garden: What does it mean to be native?images
  • A collection of The Quintessential English Garden: What does it mean to be native?images

Part of LFA @ Canary Wharf

As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Lily Jencks Studio will install a pop-up garden in Cabot Square.

Based on the design of Stourhead, Lily Jencks Studio’s temporary landscape features typical trees, shrubs and other plants found in this iconic garden — many of which are non-native, having been introduced during times of colonial expansion. The installation challenges visitors to reflect and discuss questions driving identity politics around the globe; ‘what does it mean to be local, rooted and originating in a place?’  Stourhead typifies the English Picturesque, seemingly allowing nature to flow naturally, and people to wander from one idea to the next. In the human-made environs of Canary Wharf, this miniature Stourhead provides a communal space to gather and learn about the heritage of our political and environmental concepts and language, while enjoying a small urban landscape.

The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival taking place throughout June and this is just one of the events taking place at Canary Wharf as part of this year’s LFA, brought together by the theme of Boundaries. See also:

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