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THE GLASS GARDEN

DN: And despite its materiality this
garden actually grows?
JR: When we saw how beautiful and
evocative these sculptural flowers were,
with the vivid colours that we had chosen
with the artist, we began to explore
with the hospital team the opportunity
to raise funds for cancer research by
allowing people to dedicate a flower to a
loved one.
DN: One of the tenets of therapeutic
landscapes is to be unambiguously
positive. That is really entrenched in the
garden...right to the walls.
JR: We had to work really hard to find
somebody who would create the
boxwood hedging for us, because, you
know, the space was a pretty ugly box,
square with a glass window in the middle
of it, so we wanted the curves and the
magic to happen, we wanted beautiful
lighting at night, and we wanted it to be
really beautiful in the wintertime so that
people would always have the joy of
colour. Hospitals are pretty colourless,
so having the garden outside in some

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ways lent itself to allowing a different
palette of colours. Custom laser-cut
steel panels in a vibrant green were
mounted on the exterior walls, which
are open to the 16th floor, and reinforce
the courtyard as a garden room. The
panels extend the parterre's influence
with a pattern of arabesques modeled on
trimmed hedges.
DN: This was in every way an unusual
project, such a novel interpretation
of a garden. Has the garden met your
own expectations?
JR: Oh my goodness, absolutely. We
have received some very positive and
deeply personal feedback from people
who have experienced the garden. I think
of the people who worked to put the
garden together: all my office was there
helping to install the garden on site by
hand. My sister Debbie joined us too, and
she passed away at the end of November
from her own battle with cancer. This
project gave her hope the way the
garden is supposed to give hope, and she
was able to dedicate flowers as part of
her own experience and process. We also
had wonderful support from the UHN
and PMH. This is all really important.

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4 THE FIVE FLOWER FORMS ARE RENDERED
IN SEVEN COLOURS 5 THE PARTERRE HEDGES
AND TOPIARIES ARE CUSTOM-BUILT SILK
LIGHTWEIGHT BOXWOOD FORMS, BUILT TO LAST
PHOTOS 4 OVERSTREET PHOTOGRAPHY 5 JANET
ROSENBERG & STUDIO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

38 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

And yes, working on the Princess
Margaret was an incredibly novel
experience, there's no doubt about it.
It allowed the office to stretch. But you
know, "novel" is an odd word because
I don't actually feel like the garden
is a novelty.

DN: Because you've also created so
many other surprising designs?
JR: Yes. All of our projects are really
about coming forward with novel ideas
to change the perception of how places
are used... there's so much range for
creativity [in landscape architecture].
I believe that something is novel when
it's specific to the people who are
going to be using it and very specific
to the site. We listen to people, talk to
people, look at the situation. And I think
that's where we find our fresh ideas...
our pioneering ideas. Our imagination,
our innovation, our inventiveness...The
studio is filled with people who really
love the challenge of doing different
things and so we go the extra mile. And...
at the end of the day you really see it,
because the outcomes are not similar to
anything else. It is really about coming
forward with novel ideas to change...
how places are used and experienced.
DN: So in this sense, the novel solution
is integral to the profession of landscape
architecture as a whole?
JR: People come to work for us
for the stimulation of finding new
solutions to old ways of doing things...
to look at things with fresh eyes...to
be experimental.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
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