Gardens are a beautiful way of organising nature in harmony with human life and human needs. The idea of Gardens on Mars reflects upon the idea of a very simple human joy, placed in harsh otherworldly conditions. The piece nods towards the efforts of man to reach and colonise Mars such as the Mars Generation have been doing, while describing the growth of flowing flora and genius mechanisms for sustaining them.
The piece is conceptually constructed, with a time signature that begins in 3/8, moving through 4/8, 5/8 and 6/8 to arrive at 7/8 in the final section. Though carefully rooted in a tonality of Eb major, it uses both chromatic and modal modulation throughout.