PlantTherapy: The Avant Gardeners

PlantTherapy: The Avant Gardeners

Aug 2, 2008
The lullaby garden

I recently had a chance to leaf through Avant Gardeners, by Tim Richardson, a book that Laure at AT:LA was anticipating, over at Spoonbill & Sugartown in Williamsburg.

"Think of them as gardens that tell stories," advises Richardson. "Even if you're not always able to understand them."

If you find it, flip through. I stumbled upon images from inside the book over at Time Magazine online and wanted to share. Take a look at a few more concepts after the jump...

Claude Cormier's Lipstick Forest

Kohjimachi-kaikan hotel garden, by Shunmyo Masuno

Heiner Metzger Platz

This book rounds up fifty influential artists/design firms with wildly different work, yet having a common thread of addressing the conceptual side of garden design. I found myself drawn to certain projects immediately, like a cat drawn to its catnip, satisfied with their definition of a garden, while others came at me like a whiff of pepper up the nose, challenging what I realized my personal notions of a garden have always been.

The best part of the book is being able to see a body of work in one place that cannot be put into a gallery or gathered up and put on display, to flip through and appreciate and compare these vastly different permanent and temporary projects - and know the people who were behind the concepts.

These images were taken from Time Magazine, which also has a book write-up here.

NYTimes had its own review by Anne Raver here.
The photos above are from the slideshow featuring a selection of gardens from in the book.

The publisher's page is here.

matt at apartment therapy dot com

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