Our path into the Pleasure Garden continues with Issue Two and escapism is provided on many levels. The posters of Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens capture the magic and fantasy of the 174-year- old Danish institution. Marton Perlaki disappears into the wintery parks of Budapest, inspiring Judit Hevesi’s words on a love story that may have been. Our icon is Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown—the well-known 18 th -century landscape designer who defined the English style. Kate Felus introduces the man and his achievements, academic Tom Williamson sets Brown’s work in the context of the time, whilst Tom Johnson and Luke Edward Hall share their experiences of a weekend away at Stowe—one of England’s finest 18 th -century landscape gardens. Stella Scott talks to artist David Harrison about the magic of the garden and London’s lost wild spaces. The stalwarts of winter are exposed for all their beauty in Winter Flowers by Jo Metson Scott and James McGrath. And we meet the founders of Regimes des Fleurs Alia Raza and Ezra Woods to discuss Los Angeles as a garden and their world of scents. Plus photography from Dario Catellani, Mel Bles and Clara Balzary.
In this, our inaugural issue, we introduce the concept and history of our inspiration – the pleasure garden. Alex Tieghi Walker traces Vauxhall’s reputation for pleasure into the modern day. Drew Vickers photographs New York florist Brittany Asch as she talks art and flowers with Catherine Wagley. Our icon for the issue is Valerie Finnis – a gardener and photographer who captured the characters of horticultural post-war Britain. Howard Sooley shares his photographs and fond memories of Finnis from her later years and inspired by our icon we take a trip across Switzerland to visit two alpine gardens at altitude. Annemarieke van Drimmelen beautifully captures Stella Tennant at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens for a story about the family gardening gene. Jonny Bruce walks us through that great annual institution the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and we visit Vienna to explore its green spaces and catch up with the design siblings Carl and Maria at the legendary Aubock workshop. Plus images from Kohei Yoshiyuki’s ‘The Park’ and Ansel Krut’s ‘Talking Flowers’.