‘On the Necessity of Gardening’ tells the story of the garden as a rich source of inspiration. Over the centuries, artists, writers, poets, and thinkers have each described, depicted, and designed the garden in different ways. In medieval art, the garden was a reflection of paradise, a place of harmony and fertility, shielded from worldly problems. In the eighteenth century this image tilted: the garden became a symbol of worldly powers and politics. The Anthropocene is forcing us to radically rethink the role we have given nature in recent decades.
There is a renewed interest in the theme of the garden among contemporary makers. It is not a romantic desire that drives them, but rather a call for a new awareness of our relationship with the earth, by connecting different fields of activity in landscape, art and culture. Through essays and an extensive abecedarium, this book reflects on the garden as a metaphor for society.
Laurie Cluitmans Ed., Valiz, 2021, 240 pages, colour & bw illustrations, 24 x 32 cm, paperback, English