All the ingredients required for brewing that ever popular beverage, beer, are grown in this garden. A field of barley, a corridor of hop plants and a sparking fountain come together in striking vegetable harmony. As one month follows another, time does its work and, from April to October, the whole cycle of cultivation is revealed to us, from beginning to end. The plants ripen, their colours change, and they will be ready for harvesting when autumn arrives.
A jar of yeast stands on a large table at the bottom of the garden. The modest amount of yeast it contains will be quite enough to transform the garden’s entire contents into some two hundred litres of beer! So, when the Festival comes to an end and its memory is still fresh in our minds, this particular beer garden will be able to carry the delirium on for a good while.
Le Jardin de la Bière is not just a glance back at the origins of beer, it is also a brief lesson in patience and a tribute to simplicity in design and botany.
Joost EMMERIK, designer
Joost Emmerik designs calm, robust outdoor spaces. Trained as an architect and urban designer at Technical University Delft in The Netherlands, he has been working as a designer of outdoor spaces since his graduation in 2004. Inspired by Danish landscapearchitect Sørensen, Joost is convinced that simplicity brings the best results. Joost combines clean lines, robust materials, luscious planting and the element of time into sensuous places that grow richer every year. Joost works on a broad range of projects, varying from gardens to masterplans, for both public and private parties. He loves Denmark and its gardens, and publishes on a regular basis about Danish landscape- and gardenarchitecture. Joost lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.