The shared garden
The garden can be food-producing, vegetable-growing, ornamental, ceremonial, medicinal, orchard, public, botanical, menagerie, nursery, and so on.
This short list alone gives us an insight into the inextricable links woven between gardens and people, and therefore with the social and political dimension of the systems that create gardens. Created out of need or necessity, created for pure pleasure, created for purposes of appearance, as an extension of an architecture that is also a vehicle for obvious social values, Versailles being the finest example. Today, is the vocation of the 21st century garden not that of being shared by the greatest number?
Shared as a vacant space in the literal sense of the term, and used for “head clearing” by city dwellers yearning for greenery, or as a genuine place for reinvigorating oneself and learning to respect life, or even as a didactic and pedagogical space.
In is in this manner that we at Interscène approach the vision of the modern garden, seeking out the garden’s reason for being and manifesting itself visually in tradition and history, adapting it harmoniously with the urban plan, like an extension, an interpenetration, experienced as a response to the background noise of society, a counterweight.