• Overgrown: Practice between Landscape Architecture and Gardening
    Julian Raxworthy
    MIT Press, 2018
    Julian Raxworthy

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) pruned in a range of ways to organize spaces in Sven Ingvar Anderson's personal garden at Marnas, Sweden. Courtesy of the author.

Overgrown: Practice between Landscape Architecture and Gardening makes plant growth fundamental to the discipline of landscape architecture, positioning maintenance as a creative practice. Placing two types of “story” about the garden adjacent to each other (the story of the designer and discipline, as well as the story of the client and garden workers who maintain the garden), the book examines six established gardens that feature plants, and have been deliberately changed over time utilizing gardening practices. Ultimately the book proposes that a new language like the tectonic in architecture, which will be referred to as "the Viridic" (from the Latin for green, virent, and growth, viridesco), be developed to allow a deeper theorization of this novel growing material—plants—which is fundamental to landscape architecture.

Originally trained as a horticulturalist who worked as a gardener, Julian Raxworthy graduated with his bachelor’s (honors) and master’s degrees in landscape architecture from RMIT, Australia, where he was also senior lecturer. He completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2013, centered on the relationship between gardening and landscape architecture. A cofounder of Kerb, the student landscape architecture journal for RMIT, in 2004, he coedited The MESH Book: Landscape and Infrastructure (RMIT Press), and in 2011, coauthored Sunburnt: Landscape Architecture in Australia (Sun Publishers). He is currently senior lecturer in the MLArch Program at the University of Cape Town.