The garden exhibit Tiny Taxonomy, designed by Rosetta Elkin (lecturer of landscape architecture) will be on display at Belgrave Square in London May 16-31.
Tiny Taxonomy classifies plants through shared and common traits, derived from an evolution towards feature miniaturization. Each of the plants on display is selected for its foliage size, ranging from dwarf cushions and compact mounds to succulent rosettes and grassy fronds. Taxonomically useful features include a mat-like form to resist wind or frost, and proportionately large flowers to encourage pollination. These traits generate a taxonomy, which is best understood through closer consideration. The plants, rocks, artifacts and specimens are on loan from Highgate Cemetery and were personally categorized and collected.