Published at a crucial time in which we are being forced to reconsider our relationship with the planet, this book explores the irony of toxic plants. Through exposing the fragile beauty of dried specimens in photographs, the reader learns of their physical potency in their potential to cause detrimental harm. Part I is an index of toxic plants and has an accompanying text to describe the adverse effects of their toxins on living beings. Part II is a reflective, philosophical meditation, which considers the different facets of reality, providing the reader with an opportunity to encounter the speculative aspects of architecture through plantscapes. Toxic Garden is a beautiful, philosophical and scientific book which creates a space for readers to grasp the qualities of poisonous plants. It is a story of their delicacy, resilience and power – characteristics which must be retained as the plant’s fragility is under threat.
Foreword by Piet Oudolf, designer of the New York highline