Welcome to In Our Gardens created by me, Richard Freestone.
As a boy I had a wonderful Saturday job working on a market garden. I was truly happy there. As a result I’ve always had an interest in what we do with the land, how we use it, what we grow on it.
People have been creating gardens for thousands of years and not just for the growing of food crops. We can work, relax, seek inspiration and creativity in a garden. Cicero thought that with his garden and library he lacked nothing else.
Gardens are also a window on to the culture, fashion and time of their location and creators.
Take the Islamic paradise garden for example. It is structured in design, has running water and trees for shade. It is for pleasure, relaxation and contemplation. Whereas an Indian Mughal garden is created around a tomb or mausoleum for remembrance.
In Italy there are the most formal renaissance gardens and in the UK we have everything from small urban back gardens to the large parks of stately homes that appear utterly natural but, in truth, are far from it.
Ever since I became a photographer in 1987, I’ve loved photographing gardens. But now I’m taking it a step further by creating a beautiful record of this fascinating aspect of human nature.
The In Our Gardens project will travel to gardens large and small, private and public and tell the story of gardens and their creators today.
It will not only show the views and structure but also the produce, the gardeners their tools and equipment.
You will be able to follow the project as it grows through videos, sound recordings and photographs.
To see how you can join the project and help it grow please click on Become a Patron