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PARTICIPATIVE GARDEN PROJECT BY MIRKO NIKOLIĆ AT ECOISMI 2012
WITH ASSISTANCE OF IL FOLLETTO VERDE AND WITH HELP OF 17 GARDENER/MAPPERS

May 25, 2012

DAY THREE. PLANTING UNDER WAY

The third day of works starts with the continuation of the modelling of city blocks and tracing of city streets. At 11.30 AM I depart with the municipality's truck for the plant nursery to collect the plants. The definite numbers are the following: 495 Begonias (with dark and light leaves, and with red, rose and white flowers) and 105 Tagetes (yellow and orange flowers). We are back in an hour and a half.

In the afternoon, the long expected moment of planting has finally come. I start to dispose the plants in their positions according to the final plan. We are joined by Heini Nieminen of the duo ELIN&KEINO and Eshan Eshani helps us once again. Paolo teaches us the best way how to put plants "at dwelling", a phrase used by Italian gardeners, which fits this occasion perfectly. We don't use any tools, all the process is done with bare hands, which makes it a lot more funnier. Heini says that she finds the planting "therapeutic", and Ehsan smiles all the time. In this great company, we manage to plant all the plants until evening. Some areas, especially the city fractions, separated from the city centre, remain to be flowered. That is why I decide with Paolo to buy a hundred more plants tomorrow morning. The unfinished areas are again covered with tarpaulins, because, as usually, the clouds are gliding above us as the sun sets down. It looks like the main part of the work has been done, but still, the roads are to be paved, as well as water flows are to be traced.

Without the help from Heini and Eshan everyting would have been much more difficult. Thank you so much, guys!

A fabulous ortophotography of Cassano I saw in the morning in the Environmental Office at the Municipality.
The final plan for the plants positioning.
Heini and Eshan engaging in planting this little forest of plants with contagious enthusiasm.
Heini, Paolo and Eshan in action.
Garden Map takes shape. With 6/7 of plants in their place, for the first time, I could see how it would look like when it is finished. Up to this very moment, it fluctuated in the realm of abstraction.

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