Our First Colour Garden
On the rooftop of an industrial building
Hello colourful folks! Hope everyone is keeping cool in this hotness lately.
We thought of sharing about the space which got us started with Wild Dot back in 2020. We had the intentions to find somewhere that had a small garden space, and of course a studio that allowed us to do our experiments.
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Back then, we were just experimenting in our own homes, which often led to protests from our families (imagine explaining how we are cooking liquids with unusual smells with plants picked off the roadsides).
One of the spaces we recce-ed was a neat little co-working space called TinkerTank, tucked away in an industrial area of Aljunied. If you’ve ever passed by a humongous elevator hanging outside a knocked down wall, yup, that was the iconic building we saw!
One of the things we enjoyed about the space was the vibrant community of woodworkers, bike mechanics, henna tattoo artists in the space. Co-incidentally, just before we got in, someone started dismantling a sand garden on the rooftop of the building. When we saw the planter beds there and had the landlord’s permission to restart the beds, we knew that was the space for us.
And so, the deciding factor became the rooftop garden space! And this was what we did with them!
We had only three planter beds, but it was more than enough for us.Working alongside a garden felt akin to having another member in the team. We felt happy when there was great harvest, and also regretful for neglecting some plants when our other work got busy. Some plants also died due to mysterious fungal diseases that came from nowhere and wiped out our Magenta plants.
Starting and maintaining a garden, no matter big or small, is no easy work. But we like the idea of thinking of our garden as a constant “work-in-progress”. There’s no perfection point, and there will always be plants growing and plants dying.
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