How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold. – William Wordsworth

Growing up in suburban Kansas City, USA, I loved walking through wooded trails and preserves, but my dreams were of creative life in the big city. The words of Fran Lebowitz resonated with my teenage self: “To put it bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.”

But I was surprised to discover that living in downtown New York City, I yearned for a leafy paradise. For nine years I tended a little patch of sky garden on the ninth floor, which opened a window to different types of downtown wildlife than I’d imagined, such as birds, bees and butterflies. What a thrill to paint with plants, observe and marvel what thrived on a windy rooftop in Manhattan.

Now I’m beginning a new garden, a sea garden, on a windy patch of another isle, the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. I’m enchanted with this land, its histories and mythologies, its native flora and fauna. I’m also full of inspirations and fantasies of orchards, green roofs, fern forests and meditation courtyards. I’d like to grow as much of my own food as possible. Ultimately, I want to leave a wondrous garden of delights for those that follow and improve the health of the ecosystem with my efforts.

As a designer of interactive experiences, interiors, furniture, and environments I’m used to thinking about experiences in time and space. The garden has taught me to think about everything in terms of lifecycle. Excited to explore and share experiments with you and look forward to learning from you as well!

Oh! And as to the other part of the title, I’m a total geek. I’d love for the plants and soil to let me know how they’re doing and send data to Pachube to aggregate and visualize over time. I’d also like to build a still (legal here in NZ) and ferment excess fruit to feed the car. And I’d love to connect and collaborate with other garden geeks out there, so feel free to comment or contact with ideas.

More of what I’m up to at EmilyDavidow.com and my company, Behome.

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