Habit8 was selected as one of three practices to construct new garden installations as part the 11th Edition of the Reford Gardens International Garden Festival in 2010. The competition entry was entitled ‘The Grass Is Greener’ and the theme for the festival was ‘Paradise’.
The garden encourages the user to contemplate the notion of paradise as a human construct. Throughout history it has been mankind’s pursuit to find or attain paradise. Early explorers moved through continents attempting to find rich lands, but in their wake caused destruction to other cultures. Man has tried to manipulate the earth and its resources in an attempt to create paradise, which has contributed to the destruction of what some may define paradise to be. We view this as the ‘Grass Is Greener’ syndrome and ask the visitor to stop and reflect if the ‘grass is actually greener on the other side’. Is paradise actually what we already have around us?