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The Spontaneous Flora

Lecture by Professor Mihaela Ioana Georgescu

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 6 pm București
Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4

An event curated by Iuliana Dumitru and Athena Dumitriu

“Besides the obvious fact that plants are keeping us alive, they also have this great property of keeping us happy. We groom them, feed them, talk to them and they repay as by growing and becoming more beautiful. It a win-win game. But what do we do with spontaneous flora, the plants that grow by themselves, just because that is what nature does? The ones that break the concrete roads and walls, the ones that are strong without someone to take care of them? The undesirable ones, the ones that ruin or beautiful and premeditated gardens?

Permaculture teaches us that every plants counts, that they support each other. But some of the spontaneous flora is invasive, is consuming natural resources and space. Where do we cross the line? When enough is enough? I think we need permaculture in life also, so we can be more supportive with one another.” (Iuliana Dumitru)

We will find out more about the spontaneous flora from the Tranzit Garden from University Professor Mihaela Ioana Georgescu from the Faculty of Horticulture, Bucharest. Professor Georgescu is doing research in fields like: morphology and anatomy of plants, systematization of plants, study of the spontaneous flora, the reread one and the one under the law protection. She published 10 books and more than 50 scientific papers.

Athena Dumitriu graduated from the University of Art, Faculty of Textile Arts and Design Department and she has a MA in the same field. Although she studied only for one year at the Faculty of Horticulture, Athena has good knowledge about the flora and she has a great passion for landscape art. She is a member of the Tranzit Garden from the summer of 2015, and for the garden members she is a constant presence, a good fairy and a close friend of the Tranzit cats.

Iuliana Dumitru graduated from the University of Bucharest, The Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, the department of Human Communities. Now she is PhD student at Centre of Excellence in Image Studies (CESI- University of Bucharest) and doing research on the image and imaginary of 2 Mai and Vama Veche villages from a socio-anthropological perspective. She is a member of Tranzit Garden from Autumn 2015 and since February 2017 she is an assistant curator of București.

The event is part of the “/ Natural” programme developed by Bucuresti.

Lychnis alba, from Tranzit Garden. Photo by Iuliana Dumitru.