Floreat Salopia: Reimagining Shrewsbury’s Gardens

The garden is the barrier between the city and the wild. Historically, garden appreciation has been compared to that of works of art -as well as the appreciation of nature.Despite the relatively slow rate of change, both the design of gardens -be it public or private- and their conceptual/philosophical understanding have changed through history. Throughout the centuries, the garden remains the sanctuary, the escape, the place for contemplation, as well as gatherings. Both practical and beautiful, the public park has an increasing role in the modern society. 

In this thesis I explore the relationship between the garden and its elements as artifacts as well as that between the park and the city. In collaboration with Shrewsbury Council (Big Town Plan), I designed a Garden museum, as a place of event, but also a vessel for the horticultural heritage of the town.