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GPOD on the Road: Tofino Float’em Garden

Today’s GPOD comes from frequent contributor Cherry Ong and features a very cool public garden that she stumbled upon on a very rainy day in Tofino, British Columbia.

This garden display was created by artist Pete Clarkson, who makes all of the sculptures from recycled marine debris he and shoreline cleanup volunteers collect. The installations reflect the unexpected beauty of what may seem like trash, and offer a reminder that the things we throw away end up somewhere, often floating to clutter the ocean and beaches. There is more information about Pete and his art on his website:

garden sculpture amongst ornamental grassA simple sculpture sits amid the grasses and Yucca.

colorful garden sculpture amongst grassesA tall tower rises up out of the garden grasses. The plantings in the garden are simple and beautiful, the better to highlight the sculptures.

gold variegated YuccaA beautiful specimen of Yucca ‘Color Guard’ (Zones 4–10) with gold variegation complements the brown and green tones of the garden.

abstract garden sculpture meant to look like a personA little person in the garden is nestled down amid the grasses.

frog sculpture in the gardenThis one is just cute. All the sculptures have names, and this one is called “The Frog Formerly Known as Prince,” which is a pretty great name. I love how the grasses wrap around it, fully including it in the garden.

grasses with evergreen shrubsThis isn’t a flowery display, but it includes lots of ornamental grasses and some mugo pines (Pinus mugo, Zones 2–8) that create a beautiful, understated scene.

garden sculpture made of ocean buoysThis sculpture is called “Sea Chimes” and is Cherry’s favorite sculpture in the garden.

another view of the garden sculpture made of ocean buoysAnother view of “Sea Chimes”

garden sculpture made out of plastic bottlesThis sculpture, “Plastic Water,” looks at plastic water bottles, one of the most common pieces of trash found in the oceans.

garden sculpture made of nettingFishnets and various other pieces of marine trash were used to make this piece, “From Sea to Tree.”


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