In rich soil, forest trees will flourish for a century, sheltering fauna and flora. Then they can serve humans for centuries to come. For the 2012 Chelsea Fringe, 600 discs of sliced pine forest have floated from Canada to London’s Portobello Dock. We welcome them.
The Floating Forest Garden was sponsored by Quebec’s Grand-Métis International Garden Festival (220 miles north of Quebec City). The festival is near Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis) – which were founded by Elsie Reford. The garden design is by NIPpaysage – a group of Canadian landscape architects. They came together at the Université de Montréal (in 2001) and have received many awards.
The Dock Kitchen (Portobello Docks, 344/342 Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Road, London, W10 5BU) is Stevie Parle’s West London restaurant. It overlooks the Grand Union Canal and the Tom Dixon shop is also here.