Valentine’s Garden, Helle Nebelong (and Valby School Year 3), 2000

The perfect Valentine’s Day playground…another Helle Nebelong project, this time for a garden to celebrate the Millenium. A year 3 class from Valby School won a competition held to determine the garden’s design.
“They designed a garden, which is split into 2 different areas.
One part of the garden is full of shadows and has a jungle-type character.
The other is a garden full of light and flowers.
There is a heart-shaped path and small nooks with love seats.
Here you can meet your loved-one and be romantic.
A lake separates the two halves of the garden, but the two worlds are connected by – or linked together by – a bridge over the water. The bridge, and all the life-strengthening thoughts, which lie behind this suggested garden, symbolises a fine crossing to the new millennium.
The children’s model of the garden was transformed into architectural drawings and the construction work got under way…The realized garden is very close to the children’s ideas and design.

Grown-ups may have outgrown hearts and flowers as playground themes, but they are still beloved by children. I’m glad Helle Nebelong and Co. didn’t reject them as somehow unsophisticated.

2 Responses to “Valentine’s Garden, Helle Nebelong (and Valby School Year 3), 2000”

  1. burrito said:

    That is lovely – both the design process and finished garden.

    February 16, 2009 at 9:00 pm

  2. outofdoors said:

    “Grown-ups may have outgrown hearts and flowers” Could it be there is a lack of humor and passion in the contemporary garden? The gardens of Villandry thought hearts and flowers were a great idea…

    February 14, 2009 at 3:37 pm

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