by germinatrix | April 15th, 2009
I just can’t leave you guys hanging anymore – I HAVE to show you the images of the Hacienda Project. I can’t show you any of the new additions – Jorge is doing some EXTREMELY dramatic work – but I will show you pics of the old factory that serves as the base for what is becoming a unique, extraordinary, site-specific experience.
The building is an old sisal factory that has been in ruins for decades. Some of the stones used to build the old structures came from ancient Mayan villages – there are layers upon layers of history here.
Everything about the site is crumbling, and Jorge is keeping much of it that way – the idea here is not to clean anything up, it is to create interesting relationships between the old and the new. We’ll be reinforcing that within the landscape. We want to encourage plants to crawl all over the old and new buildings, so that the effect will be something like drawings of early plant hunters coming upon the ruins of Mayan temples, where the jungles have taken over.
You can’t really tell from these pictures, but the gardens are going to be vast – there is alot of ground to cover here! We have so many trees; we’ll need to edit some of these to sharpen up the focus of the spaces.
But I will not for the life of me touch ONE LEAF on the most amazing prehistoric monsters I have ever seen – these enormous ficus trees! Just look how they have grown over and through their stone containers! Truly inspiring. They show what happens in this climate – plant life will not be denied! It will grow, push in, break through… if it can, a plant will explode through stone to get where it wants to go. I want to push some tillandsias (air plants) in between the roots and stones and create crevice gardens. I found a few tillandsias growing wild in the branches of some trees. Sigh. The beauty!
I will be traveling to the Yucatan pretty frequently for a while, so I’ll be keeping you up to date on all the happenings. And, if there’s time, I’ll have to do some more exploring – there is so much to inspire a gardener down there! For instance, while visiting the site, Jorge and I spied the most incredible bird – turquoise and yellow, with black markings – WOW! Surely it was a messenger; an avatar. I have to get those colors into the garden, don’t you think?
And now, time to go home. Back to reality … sigh…
But I’ve got a blooming agave in my garden I just HAVE to share! It’s a good 12 feet tall! SOOooooo cool! Stay tuned, friends…