Avant Gardeners

Tim Richardson


In recent years, garden and landscape design has witnessed a burgeoning of new ideas. Recent garden plans have embraced the latest thinking in science and materials, and have appropriated ideas from related disciplines such as architecture and product design. One indication of the rise in popularity of these designs has been the growing number of conceptual garden festivals, which have become a premier showcase for new concepts.

This book profiles the work of fifty innovative designers through informative texts, photographs, and plans. Essays explore the underlying principles of these highly individual approaches and show how a new generation has rejected the naturalistic tradition of Western garden design, favoring instead the influences of Modernism, Postmodernism, Pop Art, and Land Art.


The garden book equivalent of an amusement park.

— Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is a book to wake up to.

— Arizona Republic

The Garden-book equivalent to an amusement park…. For gardeners who are starting to yawn, this is the book to wake up to.

— Chicago Tribune


Tim Richardson


Tim Richardson directs the Chelsea Fringe gardening festival in London and is the former landscape editor at Wallpaper*, gardens editor at Country Life, and founding editor of New Eden.