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IF GARDENS COULD TALK


INTRODUCTION The front garden makes up a large part of the exterior representation of a home. Using the front garden as a focal point, we test whether people care what other people may think, through the act of factual itemisation. The highly visible nature of a front garden lends itself perfectly to an experiment of this nature. The experiment consists of three phases: • inventory of garden contents on one street • postcards sent to each home, including inventory of their garden’s contents and an email address for potential enquiries • re-visit & renewed inventory


This is an itemised list of the contents of your garden made on 15/11/13.

WHAT DOES YOUR GARDEN SAY ABOUT YOU? IFGARDENSCOULDTALK@GMAIL.COM


1 x black recycling bin 1 x brown food waste bin 1 x green recycling bin 4 x lavender bush 5 x bamboo sticks 7 x bush 11 x grass

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


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NUMBER 2

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1 x black recyling bin 1 x brown food waste bin 1 x drawer 1 x bush 1 x green wheely bin 1 x mangled metal structure 2 x sheets of chipboard 4 x red brick 30 x bag of rubble


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NUMBER 3

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1 x black recycling bin 1 x brown food waste bin 1 x bush 2 x black wheely bin


Added • 6 x red brick

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NUMBER 4

• 1 x brown food waste bin • 1 x ramekin • 5 x bush


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• n/a

• 1 x brown food waste bin • 1 x ramekin

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NUMBER 5

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1 x bird feeder 1 x tree 2 x bush 4 x potted plant


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• n/a

• n/a


NUMBER 6

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0.5 x bag of compost 1 x bird bath 1 x black recycling bin 1 x green recycling bin 1 x sunflower ornament 1 x trellace 1 x windmill ornament 2 x black wheely bin 10 x potted plants 20 x flower 28 x rocks


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• 1 x planted sink

• 1 x black wheely bin

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NUMBER 7

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1 x black wheely bin 1 x breeze block 1 x tarpaulin 1 x tree 8 x rubbish


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• 48 x concrete slabs

• 1 x breeze block • 1 tarpaulin • 8 x rubbish

• n/a


NUMBER 8

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1 x black wheely bin 1 x brown food waste bin 1 x green recycling bin 1 x wall hook 2 x black recycling bin 2 x tree 3 x grass 8 x bush


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NUMBER 9

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1 x bird feeder 1 x black recycling bin 1 x black wheely bin 1 x ceramic dog ornament 1 x green recycling bin 1 x rosebush 1 x tree 1 x trellace 1 x ceramic frog ornament, upside-down 2 x potted plant (one live, one dead) 15 x bushes


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• n/a

• 1 x dead plant

• ceramic frog ornament turned upright


NUMBER 10

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1 x black wheely bin 1 x brown food waste bin 1 x green wheely bin 1 x lavender bush 1 x tree 2 x holly bush 8 x potted plant


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NUMBER 11

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1 x black wheely bin 1 x green recycling bin 1 x tree stump 2 x black recyling bin 2 x brown food waste bin 2 x bush 3 x potted plant 4 x unplanted pot


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• 1 x rubbish

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• n/a


NUMBER 12

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1 x black wheely bin 1 x broken shovel 1 x brush 1 x green recycling bin 1 x pot of water 2 x brown food waste bin (one containing sludge) 2 x planted pot 2 x tree stump 3 x wood pole 4 x black recycling bin 4 x unplanted pot 15 x bush


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• 1 x brown food waste bin (containing sludge)

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NUMBER 13

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1 x bird bath 1 x rubbish 2 x tree 4 x unplanted pots 26 x bush


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• 1 x rubbish

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NUMBER 14

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1 x black recycling bin 1 x brown food waste bin 1 x green recycling bin 4 x lavender bush 5 x bamboo sticks 7 x bush 11 x grass


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NUMBER 15

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1 x black recycling bin, on it’s side 1 x green wheely bin 1 x flower 7 x bush


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• 1 x coil of barbed wire • 1 x trough of compost • 2 x rubbish

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• 1 x black recycling bin turned upright • 3 x bushes trimmed


NUMBER 16

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1 x black recycling bin 1 x brown food waste bin 1 x bucket bbq 1 x green recycling bin 1 x outdoor table 1 x sandpit 1 x ornamental watering can 1 x tarpaulin 1 x tree 2 x bush 2 x outdoor chair 16 x planted pots


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• 1 x ornamental watering can, upside-down


NUMBER 17

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2 x rubbish 2 x potted plant 5 x bush 20 x flower


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• 1 x tile • 1 x rubbish

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• n/a


NUMBER 18

• 1 x planted plynth plant pot • 5 x potted fern • 8 x flower


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If Gardens Could Talk  

Collaboration with Ben Neenan. Results of an experiment to see whether people care what other people may think, through the act of factual i...