Tiny Taxonomy


Rosetta Sarah Elkin, a garden designer turned landscape architect, is presenting her installation, “Tiny Taxonomy,” at the International Garden Festival of Les Jardins de Métis in Quebec. The piece focuses in on the “most inconspicuous and often ignored players” in nature — plants on the forest floor. The installation offers a partial inventory of some of these tiny, yet critical operators in forest ecoystems. “[By] elevating these species from their traditional posi­tion underfoot, it is hoped that their highly delicate and intricate nature will be made evident to visitors.” 


Elkin chose 42 species for their different life-cycles, which she then planted in mirrored cylinders that reflect the surrounding forest. “Tiny unpacks and re-presents the garden, inviting the visitor to consider the beauty of each species,” says Elkin.

Since 2000, the International Garden Festival at Les Jardins de Métis has featured presentations of garden design, landscape, architecture, design and environmental art. Over 11 years, the festival has shown 80 gardens by 200 designers from 15 countries, attracting more than 800,000 visitors. 

This year’s festival will be held until October 3, 2010.

Learn more about the Garden Festival and connect with Elkin.

Image credit: RSE

2 thoughts on “Tiny Taxonomy

  1. clegrboia 07/24/2010 / 12:55 pm

    a very special piece of work i like the “metal” which has lifted the plants of the ground but still reflecting the ground BEAUTIFUL

  2. oehmevansweden 08/04/2010 / 11:07 am

    A fantastic peice of work showcasing often underappreciated plants. Well done!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s