15 September / Call for Ideas: Radicepura Garden Festival

Radicepura Garden Festival announces the Call for Ideas to participate in the fifth edition of the Biennale dedicated to garden design, which will have the topic Chaos (and) Order in the Garden
from an idea of Antonio Perazzi, artistic director of the festival.

The international call is open to students, landscape architects, agronomists, garden designers, botanists, nursery gardeners, urban planners, engineers, artists, curators and all those who have the skills to design and create a garden.

For the next edition of the Festival will be realized 7 gardens reserved for under 36 years old – teams or individuals.

Participation is free.

Gardens should be a celebration of biodiversity, the natural landscape, and the Mediterranean man-made landscape. Gardens should be innovative, attractive, usable, capture the attention of visitors, and clearly illustrate their design idea and message. The Festival encourages interaction with the public, an innovative approach with new ideas that support and develop a positive relationship between people, their culture and the natural environment where they live. The diversity of climate zones in the Mediterranean and the complex cultural vicissitudes of the area offer a wide range of creative ideas.

The deadline to send the applications is the 15th of September 2024.

To apply the competition visit the website




“Climate change and conflicts have determined a new approach to the environment,  which in turn calls for a new perspective in landscape design, keeping abreast with our  day and age: lines, paths, volumes, functions and gardeners are no longer enough to turn a place into a garden. Gardens have always required planning, although they need not  be educational but leave room to our imagination. As certainty of formal spaces is  wavering, a change of style is blossoming no longer fearing to identify key values in small  things. In the new gardens the wonderment of doing and making is not juxtaposed 1 to  leisure as it feeds on our greater awareness and respect for the environment, preferring  slow time as the time of Nature. Plants are the matter and the subject of all gardens in  as much as they represent harmony and beauty: left unto themselves they initially require  time find this balance, they change the shapes and sizes in a garden, they even need  opposing forces to be controlled. Yet, a well designed project will enable plants to reach  maturity, synchronizing with our expectations, completing the garden with virtuous  variations able to fulfill even the most ambitious dreams. We are aware of a biological  network that draws energy from biodiversity: it means the boundaries between personal  and collective spheres dissolve giving way to a more encompassing notion of Nature, an  idea we are attracted to and which helps us recognize landscapes as a common good. As  we have changed, so have our ideas of Nature: garden designing will have to seek new  forms based on a evolved concept of wilderness culture. New apparently chaotic gardens  spring up, as an artistic expression to fulfill dreams, as a natural choice to create the most  beautiful of gardens, where both the biological forces and the creative intuitions of the  design blend into a balance. Nature lovers know that chaos is a transient state that does  not pertain to us, but garden lovers know that nature accepts no imposition, unless care  and constant presence are offered.”

We are addressing designers from all walks of life who have good knowledge of Nature,  artistic skills and humbleness, to identify style strategies and practices able to lightly balance order and disorder, to indulge Nature without domesticating it.

Antonio Perazzi, artistic director Radicepura Garden Festival

Published on June 26, 2024

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