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“Only those who expect something next year will plant an onion this year.”

On a bitterly cold day in the middle of December, I met up with Hans von Trotha for a photo session in front of the RIAS Funkhaus in Berlin. A while ago we had started corresponding about the gardens of the future.

A garden is not nature. It is art that makes use of nature, or the world itself, as a material.

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There is one common theme among all garden art — infinity.

European garden art generally tended to retreat behind garden walls….

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Regarding horticultural forms, I can’t say where this will lead to in the future. But I feel excited and very curious.

However, we must ask ourselves whether we’ll still be able to afford to draw a line between gardens and nature in the future.

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I’m a garden theorist, not a practitioner. I prefer to read the gardens of others.

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Trained Gardener and Art Historian works now as a garden journalist. Was born in 1980 in the Ruhrgebiet. Wants to spice up gardening in Germany.

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