Friends of Rant Ken Druse and Scott & Lauren Springer Ogden get mentions in the New York Times round-up of holiday garden books this weekend for their new books, Planthropology and Plant-Driven Design.
Also reviewed was a book called HYBRIDS: Reshaping the Contemporary Garden in Métis, about the International Garden Festival in Quebec. I confess to knowing nothing about this event, but I am officially embarking upon a quest to get there next year. The gardens all sound quite conceptual and artsy–consider this description:
Rita is a
trio of young Montréal designers (Stéphane Rita Halmaï-Voisard, Francis
Rita Rollin and Karine Rita Corbeil) who have created a magical forest.
Rather than dangling from a car mirror, 150 “little trees” will be
planted by visitors on a large plot – allowing the forest to be
transplanted every day. Rita has taken this recognizable cliché of
modern automotive culture and transformed its use to create a green and
amusing garden – a giant playground or Terrain de jeu géant.
Okay! Anybody been in previous years? Anyway, if you can’t go, the book profiles many of the high-concept gardens that have been featured in the festival in years past. Sounds interesting.