Conceptual gardens: It’s all in the mind – Telegraph

Conceptualism is the “next big thing” in garden design: there is an international conference on the topic in July at Tate Britain, a new book seeks to define it, and it has gone mainstream by dint of the conceptual gardens section at Hampton Court Flower Show.

But we can be forgiven for feeling sceptical about it. After all, some of these “gardens” don’t actually have any plants in them.

Among conceptualists, an ecologically sensitive approach to design is seen as a good idea, but that is no reason to make it the whole raison d’etre for a garden, particularly in an urban situation. A more honest attitude, they claim, is to create garden spaces that respond to the needs of human beings as opposed to, say, beetles or badgers.

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