From The International Garden Festival
This year’s festival strives to bring us hope, to inspire creativity, and to brighten up the world as we struggle to make it through the global pandemic and get back on our feet after many difficult months of lockdown.
The five new projects selected this year will be integrated around the existing gardens to create an open-air museum for visitors to explore.
For its 22nd edition, visitors will enjoy more than 25 gardens, each one pushing the frontiers of contemporary design and offering a unique mix of curated environments, natural experiences, horticultural staging and human creativity.
A total of 160 projects by designers from 17 countries were submitted.
The five new gardens selected for the 2021 edition are:
Choose your own adventure
Balmori Associates [Noémie Lafaurie-Debany, Javier Gonzalez-Campana, Simon Escabi, Chris Liao, Cristina Preciado, landscape and urban designers].
New York, United States.
In the middle of a global pandemic brought upon us in part by global warming and its undeniable effects on all living things, fighting climate change by modifying our current toxic relationship with other living things and elements of nature: soil, water, air, plants and animals is now critical.
Rethinking our connection to nature, after living in lockdown, can start with appreciating natural phenomena: the gusty wind, the wet bark, the musky shade, the dry air, the sweet smell, the hot stone, the crunchy gravels…
The garden challenges the still frame images posted on the world wide web reminiscent of the eighteenth century picturesque.
Scottish writer Malcolm Andrews described tourists seeking the ideal landscapes as “‘fixing’ them as pictorial trophies in order to sell them or hang them up in frames on their drawing room walls” (cut to Instagram of the twenty-first century!).
But a landscape never happens twice, and its lack of 'fixity' and hyper sensorial experiences are heightened through this simple matrix that forms the garden.
Running East/West bands of planting intercept North/South bands of different hard materials.
Choose your own adventure explores, smell, touch, sound, taste and see.