Garden Folly #2: “Passage”

Within “The Pull: Wild Gardens at Paerdegat”, five garden follies serve as metaphors for the battle between the cultivated landscape and the natural succession patterns of nature untamed. “Passage” is the second folly and offers an experience of enclosure. A rusticated pleached willow passageway leads into an earthen ring—held by a palisade of willow logs and topped by a circle of willow trees. Inside, the path crosses a stream to evoke a sense of passage. “The Pull: Wild Gardens at Paerdegat” addresses the rejuvenation and ecological enhancement of the polluted waters, shoreline, and uplands of Paerdegat Basin in Brooklyn NY. A steel overlook shaped like a magnet stands at the head of the basin to “pull” the forces of nature back into the city. The overlook, plantings, grading, shoreline, and garden spaces express the dynamic forces activated when the “magnet” swept over the site.