Repurposing underutilised formal garden into an edible garden
Planting design in conjunction with City Parklands horticultural team
Detailed hardscape, furniture and signage design
Opened by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Epicurious has been established in place of the former Formal Gardens at Southbank Parklands as a demonstration garden to show locals how a produce garden can be successful in subtropical Queensland.
The existing space was reinterpreted by JFP working closely with City Parklands Services to develop a detailed concept design and subsequent construction documentation. Detailed planting plans were developed in conjunction with City Parkland’s horticultural team and Jerry Colby Williams from Gardening Australia. The planting scheme made use of lesser known subtropical edibles such as Coco Yam and many heirloom varieties from which the seed can be saved.
JFP was responsible for the detailed design of furniture, hardscape elements, and the large custom Epicurious entry sign that acts as a climbing screen for scrambling and climbing edible plants.
Following design, JFP oversaw project implementation taking on the role of construction administrator. The project opened to the public in August 2014 in a ceremony officiated by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Epicurious continues to evolve and change as produce is planted, maintained and harvested by a team of volunteers. The framework provided by JFP together with the seasonal replanting has reactivated this previously underutilised space.