The design reflects the changes over time in homes and industry since 1927 (the date of the Gorton Foundry image) and is in three main parts. An informal path of old chimney pots weaves its way through the garden linking it all together and telling the story of change; not just in the landscape but also of the inhabitants of that landscape.
Some of the large pots contain dark plants suggestive of the industrial foundry chimneys of the 1920’s, whilst Crocosmia Lucifer adds the red flames of the steelworks into the garden. The workers' terraced houses can be seen infront.
The contents of the chimney pots become more varied as they make their way towards to modern day at the front of the garden, starting with plants that would have been grown in British gardens one one side (carrots, parsley, tomatoes) and changing to those which are linked to the children's own heritage towards the front. The children were tasked with finding out about their own families' heritage - where were they in 1927 and what would they have grown and eaten? These answers from all around the world can been seen in the pots - chillies, peppers, oranges, bananas, corriander and a central grapevine bearing fruit.
Around the other side of the garden, our council house crescent can be seen. The working class had their first gardens and the shapes in the landscape changed as the straight lines of the terraces gave way to more organic layouts.
As well as the contents of the chimney pots, the name bricks in the garden also tell a story of cultural change starting with names from the original class at the school in the 1930's and ending with all of the names of the children who have taken part in the creation of the garden.
So, in our small Manchester garden we travel Around the World - from Carrots to Grapevines and from Doris to Samara!
Come along and visit us and see if you can spot anything you know on our aerial images!