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February 1, 2010

CHICAGO TRANSIT TO HAVE MOBILE GARDEN

Tree Hugger - The Mobile Garden concept dreamed up by artist Joe Baldwin just got the thumbs up from the Chicago Transit Authority. The plan is to add some green space to the transit system by transforming a rail car into a mobile garden boasting greenery and native species. The car will help commuters "visualize the possibilities for enhancing green space in the city," as Hugh Bartling puts it.

According to Mobile Garden, "The basic concept that artist Joe Baldwin came up with is to build a garden on a flatcar train and to let it travel with the Chicago Transit Authority as part of their regular transit service. Because of the conditions that would subject plants to the ideal plants for the mobile garden are native plants that require low water and low maintenance. This also allows the opportunity to highlight the importance of native plants in the community."


1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Desiccation is going to be big problem.
Moving air can suck the life out of the heartiest plants in no time.
One would also imagine that the constant vibration will tend to compact the soil, thus altering the structure to the point that it becomes hostile to healthy root development.
A program dedicated to establishing container gardens at the various depots would seem more beneficial and likely to yield positive results.

February 1, 2010 3:06 PM  

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