July 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm #161569July 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm #161568
Garden Design is the design of a garden, a garden is grown for the display or use of plants. Where a landscape is the broad surface that makes up our world, earth view/shape. So a landscape is a place where a garden as well as everything else that makes up the built world can happen. No one ever says I am having a landscape party, they say garden party. Since a garden is a defined place in the landscape. In the same way, in the architecture world there are kitchen designers, but this is not the whole building, just a small portion or subset of the building.
Garden – a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated.
Landscape – the landforms of a region in the aggregate.July 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm #161567Leslie B WagleParticipant
There is a realm I think parallels this question, and it is painting. I definitely get a “grand view” image …whether it is Italian or Californian doesn’t matter, but a big scenic view with castles, gorges, mountains etc. in mind (even oriental sketch style) if you say there is a “landscape painting” exhibition, just as I would think waves and ships if you said “seascape painting.” I don’t think of a small flowery scene, even bigger than a bowl of fruit on a table, as a “landscape painting” quite so much…and I sure wouldn’t call an Ansel Adams photo a “garden photo.” Gardens imply the hand of man somewhat more, but we recognize pond gardens like Monet’s or others who attempt to emulate nature.
I think it’s not just monumental scale but also recognition of more powerful human and environmental forces implied (as acting on the subject if natural or resolved by design of a site) with the term landscape. Strange thing for me to say as much as you have to worry about droughts and bugs in a garden! Fortunately both can be modified by adding specifics such as a “historic,” “neglected,” “tropical,” “urban,” etc.July 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm #161566
Now in my yard I am a gardener and I design small portions of my yards separate gardens. I also have been paid to build and design other peoples gardens as part of my job as a Landscape Architect. This does not make me a garden designer it makes me a Landscape Architect that has designed gardens as a subset of the landscape.July 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm #161565
A garden designer is a gardener that thought it might be fun to throw designer on the end. Even though they may or may not have been educated in design. So often they put together a assemblage of plants in a cool looking way. We as LAs would look at the plants as a part of a whole landscape and create something using the design principals first then appropriate plants next. It is all about emphasis.July 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm #161564Thomas J. JohnsonParticipant
Touche’ – Though it does raise the question: Could one have a garden within the landscape that is within the garden that’s within the landscape?July 16, 2011 at 12:18 am #161563Thomas J. JohnsonParticipant
Darn. So, Landscape equals garden plus or minus landscape to the negative first degree. Landscapes within the garden shall not exceed a single negative deviation in scale. Gardens can expand infinitely within the landscape but the landscape can only contract by one degree within the garden. The landscape may not shrink exponentially within the garden.July 16, 2011 at 12:49 am #161562
jordan, i think you might find many trained garden designers use ‘design principles’ before choosing plantlife too.July 16, 2011 at 12:56 am #161561
leslie..fair enough but a lot of LA displays ‘mechanics’ over ‘landscape’..often with outdated ‘idea’s’ from the fine arts arena ..Is fine art a component of LA training?July 16, 2011 at 1:16 am #161560
Thanks all for your input..there are many interpretations to be had, some better than others Last but not least..When one visits a public garden one might say “I am going to #### garden.” Does one say if entering a LA area “I am going to #### landscape”?July 16, 2011 at 1:22 am #161559
Mmmm Lets take a LA design for around an office block downtown…where does the landscape begin and end?July 16, 2011 at 1:50 am #161558
would like to hear what you have to say about the question posed.
Is this a Q for me Henry?July 16, 2011 at 10:16 am #161557
Grand statement..to what are you referring?July 16, 2011 at 11:24 am #161556
Woops I get it!July 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm #161555
Henry, I am not a LA and it was a Q out of curiosity as to how LAs view their work . many folk regard (maybe more so older generations) LA work as NOT garden despite the use of plants.
Perhaps LA designed public spaces are indeed gardens of OUR time with a new moniker?
I read somewhere that LD was more something to be viewed from a distance rather than the notion that ‘garden’ is something to be immersed in.?
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