So it was here, on the GSD website -: http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/news/index.html - that I came across a new buzz word : Biomimicry.
I like this new word and can see it creeping into the common day vocabulary of workng landscape designers across North America and beyond.
To breifly describe its meaning : “ Taking inspiration from nature in a sustainable way”.
The first thing that came to mind when contemplating this word was the invention of velcro.
The lore goes that some inventive guy was walking in a wild meadow and noticed how some of the weed seeds naturally stuck to the fur on his dogs coat . Upon closer inspection he discerned how this naturally occurred and invented velcro.
That is basically ‘biomimicry’ at its best. Nature inspired invention.
I have a (potentially) new project coming up where I’d like to use biomimicry on a steeply cut canyon hill side .
My inspiration comes from South America where a variety of plants, many of them epiphytes, are growing on the face of a cliff.
I’ve done this sort of cliff restoration and planting in the past : photo below
|From Beach House|
*** note to self, must get back to the project site to take follow up photos ! ***
In the future I’d like to install some niches like these :