5 extraordinary artist-designed gardens

5 extraordinários jardins projetados por artistas
Gardens to visit
To whet your appetite for spring to come, we've put together a list of five of our favorite artist-designed gardens. Cultivated by people likeFrida Kahloand members of the Bloomsbury Group, these living works of art have offered inspiration to painters and sculptors. This is the inspiration you need, just in time for spring. Here are 5 extraordinary gardens designed by artists fromFrida Kahloto Robert Irwin.

Bloomsbury Group's Charleston Garden, East Sussex, England
In 1916, British painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved into a house in England's South Downs National Park. This house became the meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group, an influential group of avant-garde English intellectuals. The couple's friend and artist Roger Fry helped them cultivate a walled garden among the nearby fruit trees, where each year they planted seeds of new flowers that they wanted to paint. Hollyhocks, red-hot poker, Iceland poppies and at least 10 different types of roses still grow there today. This garden is a breeding ground for all kinds of art: Grant created a mosaic floor outside the studio and set up a hydrangea planter from a plaster torso. Behind the lake, you'll find a nude by Wedgewood sculptor and designer John Skeaping.

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Robert Irwin's Central Garden at the Getty Center, Los Angeles
The Getty Center turns 25 this spring, and its central garden is fresher than ever. It was designed by American artist Robert Irwin - a key figure in the West Coast Light and Space movement. Sculpture terraces featuring works by Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth and Isamu Noguchi alongside bougainvillea and a maze of azaleas. Irwin created the 134,000-square-foot garden as an intimate space within, designed by Richard Meier – or, as he put it, as “sculpture in the form of a garden that aspires to be art.” With its more than 500 plant varieties (including Blue Irises, Redbuds and Golden Celebration Roses) selected to enhance the seasonal interplay of color and light, it is truly a living work of art. Irwin's ethos – which applies to both architectural installations and this garden – is stated in a trampoline inscription: “Always changing, never twice the same”.

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Majorelle Garden by Jacques Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco
Nearly 100 years ago, French orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle purchased a large palm grove in Marrakech, where he later commissioned architect Paul Sinoir to build an Art Deco studio. The walls, fittingly, were painted in a patented electric “Majorelle Blue”. Over four decades, Majorelle has cultivated a lush garden on the property as a living work of art, complete with a sanctuary for endemic birds, a collection of rare plants from his travels around the world, and fountains and cacti galore. After the artist's death in 1962, Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent acquired and restored the site, opening a museum dedicated to Berber culture in Majorelle's former studio. Jardin Majorelle is now part of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent; next to the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, the garden houses a memorial to the French couturier.

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gardens ofClaude Monetin Giverny, France
HowClaude Monethe cultivated flower gardens, diverting an arm of the River Epte to create ponds where he sowed water lilies flanked by willows - the gardens, in turn, helped to cultivate his creativity. It was here that the father of French Impressionism was inspired to paint his famous “Water Lilies” series. Monet invited friends, including the artists Auguste Rodin and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as the collector Kojiro Matsukata, to enjoy his show of flowers on display.nt change. The gardens reopen for the season on April 1, with a pink explosion of wild apple trees and cherry blossoms.

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Blue House ofFrida Kahlo, Mexico City, Mexico
For most of your life,Frida Kahlolived in his home and studio in Mexico City, known as Casa Azul, due to the color of its walls. This building is made even more impressive by the greenery outside - an oasis shaded by prickly pear cactus palms, cane lilies and colorful indigenous Mexican plants thatFrida Kahlocared for, inspiring his works of art as well as his bougainvillea wreaths. File images showFrida Kahlorelaxing in the garden, surrounded by native flora and fauna (pet monkeys and parrots; orange and pomegranate trees).

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