Gingko Lends Itself to Ephemeral Art
We’ve been having fun at the Garden this week. Maybe a little too much fun!
There are bikes hanging in trees, bike sculptures on their way, bikes in garlands and on holiday trees. There’s even a miniature version of historic Richmond landmarks made out of botanicals in the train display in the Conservatory. (That’s a whole different blog post — stay tuned!) You can add to that — a giant yellow bike wheel on the ground made from leaves from the ginkgo tree. If it had to guess, I’d say it’s 50 yards across. It’s that big!
Earlier this year we wrote about how Director of Horticulture Grace Chapman had challenged the horticulture team here to ‘play’ in their gardens and create something magical, even if it was only temporary. Senior horticulturist Elizabeth Fogel took it to heart and today took it to a whole new level incorporating yellow ginkgo leaves into bike wheel design. With all the bikes in the ginkgo tree it seems fitting! If you want to see it, come soon, it will be here as long as nature allows.