Art in the garden

New Flowers, New Gardens

Never New Gardening

Never say new when trumpeting gardens, garden designers or trends in gardening. If anything is new it is seized upon by its followers and all too quickly becomes aspirational. I once wrote a book with Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen entitled New Plants, New Gardens (A new movement in garden design). That was in 1997 …

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Naturalistic Planting?

First published in ThinkinGardens last month, my article about new trends in planting design succeeded in triggering a lively debate about the meaning, not only of the term naturalistic planting, but the motives for garden making in the twenty first century in the broadest sense. After reading my thoughts below, please do go to ThinkinGardens …

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Garden Photography

In the last ten years digital cameras have improved to the point where technical aspects of photography such as exposure, depth of field, focus and sharpness are no longer problems. What has not become any easier is composition and the ability to communicate; in other words, the art of photography. Generally I am disappointed by …

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A Hortus Conclusus at the Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord

Small Gardens in the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, Germany – Part Two

The two hundred hectares of the Landscape Park in Duisburg is big enough for the largest of festivals both within its many converted industrial buildings and across its open tracts and wooded areas. There are numerous places to loose oneself, nooks and crannies to explore, walkways high in the sky to view the terrain and …

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Perennial Meadows – Designing a painting is fundamentally different from designing a planting scheme.

Paintings we frame and consider as art. Gardens are sometimes considered as art, but the elements we use to frame them form part of their design and maybe also part of their “art”. Here at Perennial Meadows we are concerned with perennial planting schemes as part of a garden’s design and many of the considerations …

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