Contemporary garden design has embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, architecture and product design – redefining the border between nature and the man-made.
One indication of the rise in popularity – and controversy – of these gardens has been the growing number of conceptual garden festivals, which have become the premier international showcases for new ideas.
Avant Gardeners presents the fifty most exciting and innovative contemporary garden- and landscape-design practices from around the world, profiling the work of each designer through informative texts, photographs and plans.
Topical essays explore the underlying principles, and show how a rising generation has rejected the tradition of Western garden design, favouring instead the influences of Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art and Land Art.
Tim Richardson is an internationally respected landscape critic. Former landscape editor at Wallpaper*, gardens editor at Country Life and founding editor of New Eden magazine, he is the author of several books, including The Vanguard Landscapes and Gardens of Martha Schwartz and, most recently, The Arcadian Friends: Inventing the English Landscape Garden.