Flavorwire’s Emily Temple offers this look at ten of the most surreal and spectacular gardenscapes around the world, from Italy to Costa Rica.
Most fascinating: the Gardens of Las Pozas in Xilitla, Mexico. The gardens’ commissioner, Edward James, was a British poet and early supporter of the Surrealist Movement. As the handy-dandy internet reminded me, he even appeared in some works (most notably, Not to be Reproduced, seen here) by one of my favorite artists, the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. As a patron of Surrealism, James ensured that his gardenscape married the lush forest environment with Surrealist architectural forms. In a video excerpt from BBC’s Around the World in 80 Gardens series, host Monty Don is overwhelmed by the space, saying, “This place just plunges you under the water of irrationality and the subconscious and says, ‘Swim!'”
Seen above: another interesting gardenscape, Costa Rica’s Francisco Alvarado Park.