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Life on Mars Garden 600 Days with Bradstone Best in Show 2007

By multi award winning designer Sarah Eberle, Life on Mars is an extra-terrestrial space garden that explores psychological importance of man’s relationship with the environment. Eight years in planning, it was the highest scoring garden of its time.

Inspired by the Millennium, Life on Mars is an extra-terrestrial space garden that explores psychological importance of man’s relationship with the environment. Eight years in planning, it was the highest scoring garden of its time.

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The garden has a small encyclopaedia of research behind it, not only into the conditions on Mars but also into how 600 days living on another planet would affect an astronaut psychologically. Sarah drew advice from the European Space Agency and the British Science Museum.

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The striking red rammed-earth walls and rusty iron metal sculpture are uncompromising enough. But it’s the planting that really sets it apart - a sparse, unforgiving mix of cactuses, aloes, agaves and cycads at one end, and exotic edibles like chillies, myrtle and figs at the other. The effect is strange, other-worldly, and utterly different.

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Every plant has been bio-mapped and has to be either edible or medicinal. It was all about scientific need. The basic, core material is arid, because water needs to be conserved. 

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Plant List

Cycas revoluta
Agave americana
Dodonaea viscosa
Aloe ferox
Yucca elephantipes
Lavandula (any variety)
Ficus carica
Nasturtium officinale
Aloe arborescens
Ceratonia siliqua
Arctotheca calendula
Echinocactus grusonii
Citrus x aurantium (Tangelo Group) 'Minneola'
Hylotelephium (any variety)
Salvia rosmarinus (any variety)
Thymus (any variety)

 

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Ceratonia siliqua
Yucca elephantipes
Agave americana
Aloe ferox
Aloe arborescens
Citrus x aurantium
Cycas revoluta
Dodonaea viscosa
Echinocactus grusonii
Ficus carica
Watercress
Calendula
Thymus
Sedum
Rosmarinus
Lavandula
Mixed vegetables

Designed by Sarah Eberle

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