Hot Debate Coming Up: Do Gardens Qualify as Art?

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The Royal Hort Society is holding a debate I’d love to hear.  The topic is: “Are Gardens Art?” and get a load of the line-up of debaters — a critic, a designer, a plantsperson and a philosopher:

  • Andrew Wilson (Chair of the debate panel) – Award winning Garden Designer, lecturer and writer
  • Anne Wareham – Editor of ThinkinGardens, garden critic and creator of the garden at Veddw House. Anne is campaigning to have gardens returned to their place amongst the fine arts of British Culture
  • Kathryn Aalto – A professional garden designer, historian, writer and speaker. Kathryn is concerned with both strong, contemporary design and an analytical view of garden history
  • Dr. Noel Kingsbury – Garden writer, reader, lecturer and teacher. Noel is an occasional designer, concerned with naturalistic and sustainable planting design who makes decisions based on science and evidence
  • Professor David Cooper – Emeritus Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham. David is the author of A Philosophy of Gardens (2006) which discusses the position of gardens as art or nature. Booking is recommended but not essential. 

The debate is being held at the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.  BUT, according to Anne Wareham, the could be made public (via Youtube, etc) if we show a little interest in it – by email.  So if you’d like to hear these folks go at it, email to say so:  (Wisley contacted us to say they’re unable to film the debate, so could we remove this encouragement of emails to that end.)

Photo of Monet’s Giverny by Juergen Kurlvink.  Posted by Susan Harris

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on June 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm, in the category But is it Art?.

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  1. 23rd September 2016 at 9:21 am —

    Interesting, but how can it be a debate when all of the panelists are involved with gardens? Shouldn’t there be some artists or art experts who are not gardeny?

  2. 14th November 2016 at 10:11 am —

    That’s what I was thinking. Later there will be a debate about “Does God exist?” by a panel of Catholic priests.

  3. 21st November 2016 at 2:54 pm —

    I’m guessing Dr. Cooper will be playing the Devil’s Advocate.

  4. 23rd November 2016 at 12:50 pm —

    I’ve sent my email.

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Hot Debate Coming Up: Do Gardens Qualify as Art?