Sunday, 26th January 2020 01:16pm

Fungi on a branch

I’m having big, sweary outbursts whilst reading Planting: A New Perspective by Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf. This is why:

“Planting has to please people…
…in order for natural environments to be valued by humans they have to be liked.”

“The role of the gardener or designer is clear…: planting which serves a purpose has to look good too.”


I have a problem with the ethics of putting human aesthetics centre stage. Plus, design is not about how something looks, and it’s time garden design caught up with other disciplines in this regard. And finally, can you imagine someone saying “art which serves a purpose has to look good too”?

I am learning a great deal from the book, about planting styles and techniques but I just wish garden designers started from ecology and then to human desires. (I used a photo of a fungi because it’s a) beautiful and b) not a plant.)