In the heart of the complex, the Cidade da Cultura boasts the Literary Garden, a green space dedicated to Galician writers and poets. The arrangement of the 14 different tree species displayed there evokes the pages of a book. This garden, larger than one hectare, is completed by a small path, the Path of the Books, and with an art facility formed by plates with literary quotes from Galician authors, which is surrounded by camellias.
Walls covered by up to eight meters with climbing plants, landscaped slopes with a rich variety of species, a pond and a viewpoint set up a peaceful place to rest and to get closer toliterature and poetry. At the bottom of the garden and sheltered from the wind, there is a space – similar to an open air auditorium – where concerts, theatre, recitals and other literary activities can be performed.
The project is based on the landscaping concept of 'dynamic garden', a place where vegetation is alive and able to evolve freely along the time. The spontaneous vegetation that grew in that place was respected and species of easy maintenance were chosen. The same way, ecological materials were used for the landscaping, such as ecological wooden beams.
The Literary Garden was designed by the architect Isabel Aguirre and her team from the Escola Galega da Paisaxe, and it was carried out by the workers of the public company TRAGSA.