Impossible Greenhouse by Jenny cox, part of the free Wembley Park Art Trail

Impossible Greenhouse by Jenny Cox

Wembley Park, Paint, 2022

Impossible Greenhouse is inspired by community-led gardening projects, turning something unloved into a thing of beauty that benefits the local community. The cabinets have been transformed into greenhouses containing impossible combinations of vegetation and flora submitted by local residents through a participation workshop. As a result all plant forms featured carry memories and meaning for members of the local community, as well as creating restful spaces to pause and reflect. Green spaces connect us in this way, strengthening emotional connections to a space whilst providing something pleasing to look at for passers by. Like the Wardian Boxes of early 19th Century plant collectors, the greenhouses create a stage in which the plant forms - and their associated stories - can be celebrated and admired. A permanent addition to the Wembley Park art trail, the colour palette has been carefully chosen to be suitable for all seasons, and offer the calming presence of green spaces year round.