Flowerbed Tributes And Joined-Up Allotments

By Hazel Last edited 113 months ago
Flowerbed Tributes And Joined-Up Allotments

Image showing allotments by SallyB2
Celebrating 'normal' people in art is this summer's big thing: we've got the plinth and now flowerbeds in the five Olympics-hosting boroughs for artist Joshua Sofaer's Rooted in the Earth. There's been much amusement and curiosity about who has been paid tribute in floral form; all of the names were nominated for their generosity, spirit and inspiration along with lack of recognition, and were part of Sofaer's exploration of the notion of reward.

Carpet-bed flower arrangements such as these are not cheap but certainly cheerful, fittingly local and loving ways to commemorate the people who make a difference but don't get front page news for every effort. Have a peep at some of them yourself: go to the Rooted in the Earth website for the who, what, where, when and why of this cheerful project about tributes.

And if gardening gets you excited, we hear of some delightful joined-up thinking in Wandsworth. Waiting lists for allotments are long but current elderly allotment holders aren't all able to care for their bits of land... so Age Concern and Wandsworth council have started to match those on the waiting lists with those who need a bit of gardening help in the Garden Partners scheme. Spoils from planting are shared, as are the vigours of gardening and allotment envy is alleviated with the offer of friendship and helpfulness in the mix too. Allotments, gardeners, friendliness and helpfulness WIN.

Last Updated 07 July 2009