A prestigious competition for garden designers, organized as part of the World Gardening Cup – Japan Garden, was held in Nagasaki, Japan in autumn 2015. The garden created by Bartłomiej Gasparski of Palmetta Studio from Warsaw was awarded the Best Idea Award.
The garden designed by Gasparski was presented to the public in Nagasaki among 34 other projects. In the first week, the exhibition was visited by about 100 thousand viewers.
In 2015, the World Gardening Cup was held for the sixth time. This time, the organizers invited ambitious design companies from over the world to design a garden responding to the theme "My Country, My Culture". Out of hundreds of submitted applications 34 project teams from 30 different countries were selected to present their projects during the exhibition held from 3rd October to 3rd November, 2015 in Nagasaki. Originally, the exhibition was planned to end on 19th October, but was extended due to the great interest of visitors.
Bartłomiej Gasparski's company "Palmett – Markowe Ogrody" is the first Polish company who qualified for this prestigious exhibition, as the only design studio from Central and Eastern Europe. Bartłomiej Gasparski's project presented in Japan, titled "Postcard from Polish Garden", was an attempt to introduce to the show visitors the most common type of Polish garden, which is undoubtedly the allotment garden. The idea was to present the allotment on a scale of 1: 1 in the form of a three-dimensional postcard. Thanks to the use of the diorama technique, the designer achieved a surprising visual effect stimulating the viewers' imagination.
Allotments are the most common form of gardens in Poland. Within the country, there are now almost 5 000 such complexes of family gardens in each of about 996 thousand developed plots. They totally occupy an area of nearly 44,000 hectares. Each garden has its own unique character, is an individual work of the owner. Allotment gardens provide their users with both active recreation, as well as the ability to grow horticultural crops mainly for their own needs. Allotments are an integral and very important part of green areas system as well as an element of nature conservation. They improve the ecological conditions of cities, but above all they give their users a lot of joy. Cultivating an allotment becomes a passion, and even addiction for many Poles.
Bartłomiej Gasparski runs his own landscape design company "Palmett - Markowe Ogrody", designing and developing private and commercial gardens as well as public green areas. He graduated from the Faculty of Landscape Architecture at the Warsaw University of Agriculture and participated in many branch trainings (irrigation systems, green roof systems, plant presevation, etc.) and international as well as national shows connected with landscape architecture.