I was wondering what I would find to write about for this week’s word, and then on Wednesday the answer just fell into my lap. Jihae Hwang’s DMZ Forbidden Garden, at the Chelsea Flower Show, was the perfect subject.
The garden is surrounded by a fence of barbed wire, and although I scoffed at the blurb in the show guide (“The barbed wire fence surrounding the garden creates a feeling of mystery and unease.”) it was actually spot on.
The garden is full of little details, which you can’t see from the outside. Normally this would be a problem, as the usual practice is for the show gardens to remain pristine and people aren’t allowed inside them.
The DMZ garden is different. They were allowing visitors to cross the boundary and enter the garden, which I think might be a first for Chelsea as I don’t recall visitors ever being allowed into show gardens prior to this.
This was easily my favourite garden at Chelsea this year, and being able to stand in the centre of it and see all the fine detail made it even better. Some boundaries should be crossed.
Kiki over at Camera Kiki is hosting Weekword this week, pop along to her blog and see who else is playing along.