The fifth section of Forest, Field and Sky focused on gardens, and those of Henry Hoare II and Charles Jencks in particular. Like fields and paths, gardens are human imprints on nature; whereas forest, coast and sky retain their majority natural states.
James Fox narrated that British landscape gardeners were inspired by Romantic paintings. French painter Claude Lorrain was capturing great greenYgrey scenes about 400 years ago:
Stourhead in Wiltshire
First of all the programme picked the gardens of Henry Hoare II. Hoare was an 18th century aristocrat who designed his land from Lorrain’s inspiring paintings.
So it’s not surprising that Henry Junior also created some great greenYgrey gardens during thirty years of work on the Stourhead estate in Wiltshire, England.
The documentary then featured Charles Jencks in Scotland, who could be called a great greenYgreyer in more ways than one.
The above photo is a nice summary of Jencks’s landscape gardening work, which includes themes that reflect the greenYgrey world, such as Cosmic Speculation and the Crawick Multiverse. I remembered fractals and black holes from science documentaries watched over the past decade. Jencks’s black hole painting looks like a summary of the greenYgrey world’s evolution.. to the point of POP:
Jencks has lots of greenYgreyesque je ne sais quoi philosophy too, such as humanity is a part of nature, but citing the view of religions, we are different from nature too; and Fox joins in, saying Jencks’s landscapes are as far from a natural garden as possible while being based on natural forms.
Jencks and Fox even greenYgrey and Folding Mirror reflect together (the Folding Mirror is a poetry form I invented):
I find it hard to believe that there is no real physical connection between Jencks’s worlds and my greenYgrey world, especially after seeing more photos online, after screenshotting a few, so please do indulge in conspiracy theories if you like!
If I’d been given a grant to build a greenYgrey garden it probably would’ve looked something like them, perhaps with the addition of more AAW-some female form, so thanks to Charles Jencks for fulfilling that ambition before I even had it.
Moreover, maybe you don’t think I’m so crazy after all… or on the other hand, greenYgrey style, as much of a self-proclaimed genius!
Our separate-joint ventures are rather greenYgrey in form and spirit, and I think could even be described as an X-Files parody mystery:
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