Gardeners Garden; We in esteemed company-250 Projects /600 Years

  • February 25, 2016
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00_resizeEvery now and then I suppose we find ourselves in places that seem pleasing and yet awkward. This I presume is one of them. In a Phaidon publication that maps 250 gardens , over 600 odd years, we find ourselves sitting in the company of  ShahJehan, Andre Le Notre, Geoffery Jellicoe,Thomas Church,C.Th Sorenson, Burle Marx, Luis Barragan, Repton, Paxton, Olmstead et all. This is down right embarrassing- since we would hardly qualify by miles. And yet there we are…

How does it happen? I suppose an effort at stock taking;  at the desire to sort of have an updated list of all the gardens that matter till date. Even so, we suppose its rather difficult to say that one can club the work of say Sorenson, or an Olmsetad with a modern project; however good it is. After all a lot of these projects have been there and stood tall for hundreds of years, and stood the test of time- hardly what our work has done when compared with that time scale.

Nonetheless, its a good feeling and hence here we are sharing it.

Introduction by Madison Cox:

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The index of projects.

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The flier listing the designers .


Missing in the list above, but in the book are two other recent  Indian projects; the late Prof. Shaheers, Sanskriti Kendra is one of them.

Our project below.
Halfway Retreat
Ahmedabad; Gujarat

58_resizeAlso below some of the many  projects that we truly admire which are part of the book.
Skogskyrkogarden (Woodland Cementry) Enskede, Stockholm, Sweden
Erik Gunnar Asplund, Sigurd Lewerentz

102_resizeVilla D’ Este, Tivoli, Lazio, Italy
Pirro Ligorio302_resize

303_resizeAlhambra & Generalife, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Various276_resize277_resizePool Garden, Sonoma County, California, USA
Thomas Church364_resizeCottesbrooke Hall, Northampton, Northamptonshire, UK
Robert Weir Schultz, Geoffrey Jellicoe, Sylvia Crome, James Alexander Sinclair, Angela Collins, Arne Maynard135_resizeStowe, Buckinghamshire, UK
Charles Bridgeman, Sir John Vanbrugh, William Kent, Lancelot ‘Capability Brown’
Garden of Peace, UNESCO Head Quarters, Paris, France
Isamu Noguchi256_resizeSitio Roberto Burle Marx, Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto Burle Marx

448_resizeRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London, UK
William Kent, Lancelot ‘Capability Brown’ and

168_resizeAnd this one  below  particularly strikes a emotional chord. Its by C. Th Sorenson, who taught Prof. Bhagwat; someone he looked upto along with Brian Hackett as his teacher; and the project below- one he talked about often ! and we could never find good pictures to see it- and now here are the pictures and Prof. Bhagwat is not there.

De Runde Haver, (The Oval Gardens), Naerum, Zealand, Denmark
Carl Theodor Sorensen

106_resizeAnd this one, which in one of our earlier blogs we called, ” The Taj Mahal of landscapes”. Its a fantastic project.

Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Landscape Architects with Paul Thompson


19_resizeAnd ofcourse the one below.

High Line, Manhattan, New York City, USA
James Corner, Diller Scofidio & Renfro Piet Oudolf


And the one below, a project that has fascinated us now for many months and its narrative has made us question many times the meaning  of our work.

Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent, UK
Derek Jarman

178_resizeAnd ofcourse this one by some one we love, and call a friend !

Jardin Los Vilos, Coquimbo, Chile
Juan Grimm



The Gardeners Garden.
Phaidon Press Limited.



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  • India , in numbers within the 250 , ranks just below uk, Japan , Australia and Germany : this is remarkable ! Is it the Mughal influence ? And it’s nice to see you sitting between Taj and Amber , just below Shalimar and Rashtrapati Bhavan !! Very August company indeed !Well done , best wishes

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