Overgrown: Practices between Landscape Architecture & Gardening
Julian Raxworthy, Fiona Harrisson
The MIT Press, 2018
Overgrown, calls for the integration of landscape architecture and gardening. Each has something to offer the other: Landscape architecture can design beautiful spaces, and gardening can enhance and deepen the beauty of garden environments over time. Growth, says Raxworthy, is the medium of garden development; landscape architects should leave the office and go into the garden in order to know growth in an organic, nonsimulated way.
Overgrown: Practice between Landscape Architecture and Gardening makes plant growth fundamental to the discipline of landscape architecture, positioning maintenance as a creative practice. Placing two types of “story” about the garden adjacent to each other (the story of the designer and discipline, as well as the story of the client and garden workers who maintain the garden), the book examines six established gardens that feature plants, and have been deliberately changed over time utilizing gardening practices. Ultimately the book proposes that a new language like the tectonic in architecture, which will be referred to as “the Viridic” (from the Latin for green, virent, and growth, viridesco), be developed to allow a deeper theorization of this novel growing material—plants—which is fundamental to landscape architecture.