What's a floating garden? A very green place that floats: here in fact plants and flowers draw their nourishment directly from the water, creating sophisticated, spectacular structures like suspended terraces and alternative and eco-sustainable irrigation methods. This trend, which today is inspiring garden design projects at an international level, has its roots in one of the seven wonders of the world: the hanging gardens of Babylon, the creation of which is attributed – according to different interpretations – either to King Nebuchadnezzar or Queen Semiramis.
The last ten years could be remembered as those in which the world's greatest architects have worked to merge the geometry of solid shapes with the elements of nature: that is the reason why we have seen greenery sprouting directly from the walls of buildings, water reflected in large surfaces overhanging seas and rivers and floating shapes following the wind wave.
After exploring some examples of green and sustainable architecture, today we travel among some of the most famous works of architecture of the Twenty-Tens (2010-2020).
How can we fully celebrate the combination of practical needs and aesthetic inspiration when we want to create or renovate a residential garden?
To answer this and other questions, we interviewed Dutch landscape architect and garden designer Erik van Gelder, who works by being inspired by natural elements, transforming them into shapes and materials.
Did you know that on Instagram the hashtag #gardendesign has more than 2 million posts?
Having taken a look at some of these many posts, we have selected 5 Instagram profiles that gardening enthusiasts can’t resist, to discover shots, details and perspectives that can be an inspiration for their outdoor greenery.