The CALENDARS project and adapting to seasonality
The CALENDARS project aims to explore how the gardens adapt to changes in seasonality.
The CALENDARS project (Co-production of seasonal representations for adaptive institutions) aims to start working with the University of Bergen gardens from Autumn 2020, to together explore how the gardens adapt to changes in seasonality (see also: https://www.uib.no/en/calendars-project). CALENDARS studies diverse social groups and institutions in Bergen - from fishermen to climate science centres, museums, schools, artist collectives and gardeners - to uncover the seasonal objects, practices and representations that guide how people operate in these spheres. The project wants to go further and ask institutions, like the university gardens, to critically think about whether these seasonal representations are in step with the seasons they actually experience now, in the face of various climatic, social and natural changes. How are seasonal changes challenging the way people operate the gardens and study the plants within? To do this we will deploy a set of creative methods, including creating new ‘primstavs’ - traditional Norwegian calendar sticks - fitted to todays seasons.
"Bio" diversity in the Arboretum
Today was my fifth Friday working at the Arboretum, assisting the gardeners and learning about the seasonal rhythms of their work.
Making the gardens 'green'
I'm interested in seasonality at Arboretet and investigating whether there are any changes to how the gardeners and scientists are relating to seasons.
Spring is wild garlic, but is anyone eating it?
People commonly associate foods with seasons, particularly when it comes to foraging for wild plants like mushrooms or berries.
Telling times in the Arboretet
A corollary of my seasonal study is an interest in the diverse markers of time embedded in the gardens.
Veins of blue infrastructure
On my first day in the university gardens, the head gardener broke down the work by colour: "Green" work with plants, "grey" work with landscaping and "blue" work on water and drainage.