A Renascent Perspective
The essence of the theme
of the 2004 Chicago Flower Show, "Public Places, Private Spaces", is
captured in this garden. The belvedere, or folly, at the apex of
this garden serves as my private place, a thoughtfully-designed and
beautifully-executed private place from which to view the public face
of this garden.
From my folly, I can view this world
I've created, a world informed by what I know, where I've been, and
what's inspired me. It's going back to the past, and bringing it
forward, interpreting it for a different place and a different time,
incorporating all that is knowledge, truth, and history.
Important to remember is the role of artisans, craftsmen, architects,
horticulturists, and designers in a work such as this. Without
the people to build and maintain it, our ideas never flower and fruit.
If we could walk through this garden
together, I could point to each element, illuminating its source of
inspiration. All you see before you came from somewhere, was
inspired by something. But really, none of that matters.
In the end, the garden is my statement, my vision of paradise.
I'm pleased to offer it to you to serve as a source of inspiration in
your own search for paradise.