This winter has been a productive time for us at Didier Design Studio and as spring approaches, we look forward to seeing our drawings and models come to life. Our recent collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens is under construction and we are excited to present our design for a new All American Selection garden, one of three new central gardens to further enhance DBG’s mission to connect people with plants. The garden will showcase a spectacular collection of annuals and serve as an outdoor venue for weddings and other special events. The core idea driving this garden is to stage a double theater, a place of celebration and convergence for people and plants.
Gardens lie at the heart of our design practice providing an opportunity to distill and convey the essential qualities of a place into an experience. The new All American Selection garden is conceived as a place to experience the phenomenal beauty found in Denver Botanic Garden's collection of annuals. Blooming only in season, annuals provide a visually engaging display that is dramatic, theatrical, and fleeting. They invite us to delight in the present and experience the beauty unfolding all around us. Conjoining the garden's display of annuals with an event pavilion allows the momentous events of both plants and people to converge, the vivid display of annuals lending a richness and significance to the celebration of special occasions. In this way the garden's collection becomes an essential part of our memories and experiences forming emotional ties between people and plants.
We have enjoyed collaborating with Denver Botanic Gardens and with Dan Craig of Cor Design Studio on this project. In the coming months we look forward to sharing designs for two more gardens with DBG: a new sensory garden as well as a garden showcasing the fragile ecologies and plant communities of steppe biome regions around the world.