Sei un verme – The worms garden by

2024 Other / Italy / Built in 2023 /

The common earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) is a member of the Phylum Annelida. Along with other species in this group, they are vital contributors to soil health and the overall well-being of our planet. Despite being often underestimated or viewed with disdain, these organisms are fundamental life forms capable of “stirring” the soil, rendering it fertile and hospitable to other life forms, including insects, plants, fungi, and more. They are responsible for the creation of a substance known as humus. Earthworms, like insects, are foundational elements in the food chain, providing sustenance to a multitude of animals. Their presence helps establish balanced and active ecosystems.

This garden serves as a tribute to these remarkable life forms. It is a carefully designed natural habitat that showcases the essential processes that these organisms can initiate in their interaction with the environment and other species. This educational garden tells a compelling story that can help new generations, as well as all of us, comprehend the intricate dynamics that underlie the ever-changing landscape. It encourages us to see the world from a different perspective, fostering a deeper appreciation for the natural world and its interconnectedness.

The garden features a circular border/seat constructed from standard-sized, dry, solid bricks, serving as the garden’s perimeter. Within this space, a variety of plants have been carefully chosen to facilitate and attract insects while establishing a dynamic relationship with the trees in the Villa’s park, which undergo beautiful transformations in autumn. These plants are maintained in pots and are covered with an organic foliage layer, creating a diverse topography within the garden. The organic mulch consists of a mixture of bark, dry leaves, and branches, playing a vital role in fostering the habitat we aim to create. Additionally, a substantial tree trunk rests on the ground, and stones of various sizes are thoughtfully placed among the plants. These “still life” elements ensure sustenance for a wide range of fauna throughout their life cycles, contributing to the garden’s biodiversity.

The garden is situated within the park of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Agliè Castle in Torino, Italy. It was featured as part of the garden festival “Ripensare il paesaggio,” which aimed to reimagine and revitalize the landscape.

Other landscape architecture offices involved in the design of landscape:
Participatory project developed with the students of the F.S.C School Torino
Photography: ©Angelo Renna

Location: Arzignano (IT)

Design year: 2023

Year Completed: 2023


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