Piet Oudolf, Oudolf Garten Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, 2020 © Vitra, Foto: Dejan Jovanovic

Gardens reflect identities, dreams, and visions. Deeply rooted in their culture, they can unfold immense symbolic potential. The recent revival of horticulture has focused less on the garden as a romantic refuge than as a place where concepts of social justice, biodiversity, and sustainability can be tried and tested. Gardens have become places of the avant-garde.

The exhibition »Garden Futures« at the Vitra Design Museum is the first to explore the history and future of modern gardens. Where do today’s garden ideals come from? Will gardens help us achieve a liveable future for everyone?

The exhibition addresses these questions using various examples from design, everyday culture, and landscape architecture – from deckchairs to vertical urban farms, from contemporary community gardens to living buildings to gardens by designers and artists. The exhibition architecture will be designed by the Italian design duo Formafantasma.