1 July to 31 August 2004
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Arnaud contemporary art and Parabola, in association with the
Museum of Garden History, launched a new series of commissions
for the summer exhibition at the Museum of Garden History, London.
While previous exhibitions at the museum have investigated the
buildings own history and artefacts, 2004s show
proposes collaborations between Head Gardeners and artists reflecting
the many and varied roles and responses to the creation and
maintenance of gardens in Britain. Establishing working dialogues
with horticulturists, botanists, gardeners and caretakers, artists
showing in this years exhibition include: Jo Addison,
Anat Ben-David, Anna Best & Paul Whitty, David Blandy, Anna
Boggon, Cleo Broda, David Cotterrell, Mark Edwards, Alexa de
Ferranti, Rose Frain, Chris Jones, Janice Kerbel, Andrea Liggins,
Marie-France & Patricia Martin, Maslen & Mehra, Eline
McGeorge, Mr & Mrs Ivan Morison, Simeon Nelson, Natacha
Nisic, Lyndall Phelps, Claudia Pilsl, Abigail Reynolds and Emma
of the Tempered Ground exhibition at the
Museum of Garden History we are working in collaboration with
Katie Treseder , Plant Health Officer at the Eden Project
on the subject of Alien Insects.
has a long history of importing exotic and rare plants from
around the globe in order to create spectacular gardens and
unusual collections of plants. In the beginning transportation
by ship meant that a natural 'quarantine' process took place
that enabled the discovery and elimination of any pests or infestations.
relatively short transport times have allowed the movement of
less hardy plants and consequently created a greater risk of
inadvertently transporting pests.
is the Plant Health Officer at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
One of Katie's areas of research is to identify which countries
to source plants from, from the perspective of plants supplied
with the least risk of contamination. A good example of this
is Katie's current research into Date Palms that need to be
sourced for the upcoming new dry tropics biome.
Paysandisia archon is a pest of Palm trees and is being found
in Europe, this pest has come to my attention as we are planning
to import large date palms for the new biome." Katie Treseder
archon came to our attention because it has recently been introduced
into France (near Hyères) and Spain (near Girona), where
it caused damage to ornamental palm trees.
P. archon originates from South America: Argentina and Uruguay.
Found in France, in summer 2001 near Hyères (Var). According
to a French association of palm amateurs, numerous dead palm
trees were observed in several nurseries. Adults were observed
flying near Hyères, Six Fours and Ollioules. In 2002,
it was also found in the department of Hérault. Phytosanitary
measures are taken to prevent its further spread. It is felt
that the insect was introduced 4 years ago by various importers
on Butia yatay and Trithrinax campestris from Argentina. In
Spain, P. archon has been found in one nursery in Girona, Cataluña
in 2000/2001 on Trachycarpus fortunei, Phoenix canariensis and
Chamaerops humilis, and later in Comunidad Valenciana. It is
felt that P. archon was introduced between 1985 and 1995 on
palm trees from Argentina. In Girona, Trachycarpus fortunei
was the most severely affected palm species. Reported in 2002,
in United Kingdom (West Sussex) in a private garden.'
will take the form of an outdoor sculpture installation. A series
of cast mirror-finish insects will be hidden in and amongst
the Virginiana Creeper, which drapes down the garden wall on
the left hand side as you enter. John Tradescant apparently
imported this creeper to London from America. We will be using
the specific insect Paysandisia Archon as our starting point
for creating a series of sculptures.
Host describes the ability for insects to remain camouflaged
and undetected and the unintended movement of creatures that
occurs when creating exotic gardens. It also draws attention
to the extensive planning required and serious concerns raised
by importing plants to create plant collections from around
Photography by Charles Francis