Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ruderal landscapes no.1 - 123°22'7.45" W, 48° 25'44"N

ru·der·al / ˈroōdərəl/ Bot.
• adj. (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse.

- former parking lot cleared for development - Pandora Avenue Victoria BC
- currently an abandoned lot - no public access
- Victoria' s best public plantings
- Best time to view - mid to late July

I find the conversation between the site, its architecture, vegetation and art spirit lifting.

By capturing this dialogue between society, the built environment and pioneering plants I hope to offer insight + optimism toward the restoration of our landscape + natural resources.


  1. Mr We need your designs in town - Send this post to our Mayor - It is kind of crazy we have these spots in the middle of the city. This is what the toursit see when they are in China Town.

  2. AnonymousJuly 24, 2009

    I walk by this lot daily and have never looked at it in the way you just described it. Thank you for your insight, it has changed my view about what I thought was a wasteland. Now I can truly accept and experience the beauty in this matrix of art and architecture.

    thank you Mr. Barnard.

  3. AnonymousJuly 24, 2009

    I too am a resident of the area and frequently walk by this site and fully agree with Christian.

  4. AnonymousJuly 25, 2009

    Every time I walk by this empty lot, I wonder why it hasn't been converted in to a public park or garden. Then I remember that I live in Victoria, a land of bureaucratic red tape...

  5. Love the brick buldings as the backdrop to this amazing garden.


  6. Anonymous
    Re: this empty lot......
    The true challenge lies in having the ability to thrive within bureaucratic restraints.

  7. Graham GiddenAugust 14, 2009

    It has been on my mind for a while. I think we should do a gorilla installation here.