Tree Museum / Enea Garden Design

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Landscape “artist” Enzo Enea recently completed the Tree Museum in Rapperswil-Jona, , right next to the brand new headquarters for Enea Garden Design designed by Miami based Oppenheim Architecture + Design (more on that soon!).

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The museum includes 50 different species on the site of a 14th century monastery, some of them 130 years old. These have been collected by Enzo himself for the past 17 years, sometimes rescuing trees threatened by construction or urban expansion. The collection includes over 2,000 species on an adjacent 2.5 acre park.

A delicate landscape work, using a series of local sandstone walls which frame the trees and generate zen like spaces to contemplate the beauty of the “exhibit”.

More photos after the break.

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    I love how the mineral “enlights” (maybe not the exact term) the vegetal, and respectfully the opposite.
    Very relaxing sights.

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    This site is in English, many of us (myself included), do not have English as our native tongue, we make an effort to post in English, so will you NOT post in Chinese, please?

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        It’s a question of manners, si no entiendes eso, pues que rudimentaria tu tu manera de pensar, además de que no sabes utilizar la palabra bully en su significado correcto, ignorante.

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    They took all the trees
    Put ‘em in a tree museum
    And they charged the people
    A dollar and a half just to see ‘em
    Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got
    Till it’s gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot

    Joni Mitchell

    nevertheless it seems to be a beautiful place!

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    don’t like it. It’s just average, not bad, but not special. It doesn’t give anything to the trees (nothing for me).
    The blocks are too heavy and with all the holes and hangovers trying to be poetical. But it’s fake. Poetical isn’t achieved with some cuts into the stone. Only snobbish emotion.

    That’s only my opinion which is the one and the only.

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      I agree with what Zig says: It doesn’t do anything for me either – because the trees would be more special, i.e. more natural in their own element (nature). The photos, however, always look good. It’s just that you get a very different feel when you are there, for some reason. I think it was a good idea, and wonderful that he rescued these trees, but I am thinking it would have been more beautiful to view them in a more natural and harmonious landscape. The fact that he charges CHF 15 entrance fee AND you can’t even picnic around the trees does not make it any better…

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    I visited the park while it was still under construction, last year, and found it nice; at least, I could get to know some new tree species, aside the few that are used in standard “civic architecture” around the Country. I don’t remember paying an entrance fee, but maybe we were just lucky to come by during the last days of work.

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