Thursday, February 24, 2011

Arched Blades of Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta' - Irwin's Garden

Design by Robert Irwin
I love the contemporary aesthetic of Robert Irwin's design of the Palm Garden... on view in Los Angeles at the LACMA campus, where
Architect Renzo Piano has created yet another stunning museum building:

Cor-ten steel - pictured - is one of Irwin's preferred materials, having used it to construct planters and long rectangular raised beds. In outdoor projects, this type of steel weathers to a naturally deep-toned rust color.
The color of these hard-edge containers complements the garden's plant palette, with structural foliage in shades of blue, creamy yellow and green. The layout seems to pop! amidst the grassy sward of the garden's horizontal plane.
Artist Robert Irwin burst on the horticultural scene as the creator of
revisited on Bay Area Tendrils in 2009.


  1. Fabulous Alice. Thanks for sharing. More please!

  2. Very impressive! The contrast between the red pillars and the various green and grey tones of the plants really does catch the eye.

  3. Wow, amazing design and it looks so warm! Wish I was there!

  4. PlantPostings,
    Imagine walking down the Red Carpet together... as in, the Oscars for plant lovers!

  5. I love the Palm garden. The stately green palms contrasted with the red structures definately caught my eye.

  6. Alice, I'm so enjoying your LA horti-logue. And you've reminded me I need to take the train to LACMA and see the new gardens with my own eyes!