Landscape Gardening: Plants as Living Building Material


When people looked at the plants in such gardens, during the height of their popularity, they were not interested in the plants in their own right, but only as material to shape and to arrange in patterns. An inquiry about a particular plant would be similar to an inquiry about the kind of material used in the making of a sofa today.

From this point of view, nature is imperfect and in need of improvement through human intervention.

Photograph of the Formal Gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn