Thursday, 7 June 2018

With The Chelsea Flower Show,

ending just a couple of weeks ago,

 here is a slightly different take on gardening, truck gardens, in Japan there is a tiny but practical vehicle, called a Kei Truck, or kei-tora for short,

 although these days it’s widely used throughout Asia and other parts of the world, in Japan you’ll often see them used in the construction and agriculture industries as they can maneuver through small side streets and easily park, and in a more recent turn of events, apparently they’re also used as a canvas for gardening contests,  

 the Kei Truck Garden Contest is an annual event sponsored by the Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors, numerous landscaping contractors from around Japan participate by arriving on site with their mini trucks and then spending several hours transforming the cargo bed into a garden, 

  other than using the kei truck there are very few limitations and landscapers have incorporated everything from benches,

 and aquariums to elements of lighting into their designs,

 judges then rank the entries based on planning, expression, design, execution and environment, you can see more on the website of the Osaka branch, as well as this PDF from the Hanshin branch,

 I wonder if this idea will ever catch on in the UK? who knows in next year’s Chelsea Flower Show there could be a truck garden contest in the show as well!

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