Urban Inspiration at the Liebling Garden
The Liebling Garden is an example of a typical garden surrounding a residential building in the White City. It is a part of the network of open spaces serving a social and ecological function in the urban utopia designed by biologist and city planner Patrick Geddes. The design of the garden, its various sections, and the variety of plants it hosts are based on several concepts: Geddes’ urban vision, the historical gardens found in the White City in general, and at the Liebling House in particular, as well as contemporary ideas of sustainability. During the tour, we will explore the structure of the garden, discuss the diverse narratives reflected in it, ask questions about the challenges of preserving a historic urban landscape (design, construction, and maintenance), and examine contemporary methods of implementing principles of urban sustainability. We will visit various sections of the garden, and see the catalog of city plants, inspired both by Geddes’ vision and sustainability principles.