Friday, July 1, 2011

Garden Design Brings Together Traditional and Environmental

Awarded Best Artisan Garden - RHS Chesea 2011
Designed by Jihae Hwang (Muum), 'Emptying One's Mind' -- 'Hae - Woo- So'
represented a true first for the Chelsea Flower Show, a traditional Korean toilet.
The design worked around the concept of 'a place where you empty your mind' - which can also refer to a traditional-style Korean outhouse.

The charming, rustic building was surrounded by a landscape of herbaceous wildflowers & perennials, with lilac and camellia shrubs and a Magnolia denudata tree. Ferns, herbs and climbing vines added a lush, woodland ambiance to the setting.

The garden design's environnmental aspects included a half-basement accessed at the back to compost human waste for fertilizer. To walk the pathway, one experienced being refilled by the serene surroundings of flora, together with rock walls that gave the structure stability.

Sponsored by:
Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013 - Gwangju City, South Korean;
and Korean Cultural Centre UK


  1. I don't think I've ever seen a more charming outhouse, but I suspect there isn't much competition.

  2. I love the idea of an artisan garden. It looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  3. What a beautiful outhouse. Almost makes me regret indoor plumbing!

  4. I like that garden - very "JR Tolkein-esque" in appearrance to me. Thanks for sharing that unique space!

  5. A half-basement. Interesting. And I agree, it's quaint and cute for an outhouse.

  6. Quite a brave concept to put on Chelsea but the 'cultural significance' will be taken into consideration. Lovely planting though!

  7. Alice, Alice we have agreed so little about Chelsea this year. This sort of stuff ought to be blown up - presumably by the occupant!

  8. Looks like a split between liking 'Hae - Woo- So'

    & ... blowing it up...LOL

    Enjoying the design dialogue. Let's keep it up!

    Thanks for your comments;-]