There Is An Odd, Subversive Book Called The Decadent Gardener By Medlar Lucan And Durian Gray The Introduction Describes The Decadent Gardening Ethos Thus In The Garden, The Decadent Seeks To Create A Moment Of Beauty, Which Should Be Allowed To Fall Into Decay And Ruin Gardening, Lucan And Gray Believe, Is Little Than Systematic Violence In Pursuit Of Beauty , And The Gardener Is First And Foremost A Sadist These Two, The Kropotkin And De Sade Of Horticulture, Understand That Nowhere Are Sex And Death Intimately Bound Together Than In The Garden For Them The Garden Is A Place Of Agony, Self Doubt And Betrayal They Remind Us That, If We Are To Believe The Bible Not That They Would Be Inclined To The First Murder Was Carried Out By A Gardener.And The First Garden Was A Place Where Sin Beckoned Wherever You Turned.The Book Abounds With Piercing, Pricking Truths.The Flower, They Remind Us, For Example, Is Nothing But A Sexual Organ.The Decadent Garden Consists Of The Plans For A Series Of Thematic Gardens That Lucan And Gray Had Conceived For A Wealthy Patroness Each Garden Would Symbolise An Aspect Of Nature As They Saw It The Cruel Garden Would Consist Largely Of Impenetrable Thickets Of Thorns.The Fatal Garden Would Contain Only Representatives Of The Vegetable World S Many Poisonous Denizens Among Them, Black Bryony, Dropwort And, Of Course, Deadly Nightshade.In The Narcotic Garden, By The Side Of The Opium Poppy And Cannabis Sativa, Would Grow Obscure Mind Altering Plants Such As Mandrake, Henbane And Thornapple The Priapic Garden Would Be Populated By Those Species Whose Flowers And Foliage Assumed The Most Suggestive Phallic And Vulvic Shapes.Their Torture Garden Carried The Libertine Ideas Of Lucan And Gray Furthest And Is Perhaps Best Left To The Reader S Imagination.Because Lucan And Gray Barely Realised Their Designs They Were Too Decadent To Bother , Their Gardens Flourish Mainly In The Mind. Of the Medlar Lucan Durian Gray original trilogy the trilogy is, of course, now a foursome as of last year with the publishing of The Decadent Sportsman , this was the most enjoyable to gull over The two designers explain their overall conception for the gardens at Mountcullen a well proportioned Goergian house standing squarely in eighteen acres of gardens and woods Their intention was to take Bernard Palissy s idea of the Garden of Wisdom and turn it on its head Their grand design was to remodel the estate at Mountcullen as a celebration of Decadence and Folly And in these designs, Gray and Lucan sought to represent the excessive and the irrational antique statues, grotesque sculptures, low reliefs of satirical or pastoral subjects from pagan fables, and little else The specified areas for their Decadent Garden was to be as follows The Sacred, or Blasphemous Garden, The Garden of Venus, The Cruel Garden, The Water Garden, The Garden of Histrion, The Paradis artificel, The Synthetic Garden, The Garden of Oblivion, The Fatal Garden, and the Gardens of the Mind Thus begins the Sacred Garden Like all of the gardens designed by Lucan and Gray, this garden is a celebration of Decadence And since the whole notion of Decadence implies a fall it makes ab
Not as compelling as the Decadent Cookbook, this Medlar and Durian book pokes around the naughty bits of plants and gardens But as a botanist, I already knew plants were little sex fiends That s also why I needed this book in my collection First read in 2000, purchased my own copy probably in 2005.
- 252 pages
- The Decadent Gardener
- Medlar Lucan
- 16 April 2017 Medlar Lucan