Taking inspiration from Pleasure Garden, the pleasure gardens of seventeenth century London, the biennial magazine founded by John Tebbs in 2014, moves away from the practical aspects of the garden, placing each green space in a wider cultural context. The gardens (of pleasure) are places to escape, patches of greenery full of art, music, fashion, society and sex. This is the mix that you will find on the pages of this large-format independent magazine.
ISSUE # 5 - Au Naturel
The fifth issue of Pleasure Garden is a celebration of our natural selves.
Inside: William Robinson, the story of a man trying to imagine a new, more "natural" style of gardening; Jo Metson Scott photographs Gravetye with the words of Richard Bisgrove; Jonny Bruce takes us on a journey through three subversive gardens that have freed his thinking from the stereotypes of what a garden should be.
And again, the concept of beauty is explored with Bethan Cole's Against Nature, photographed by Drew Vickers and Sarah Jane Downing's A Vision of Beauty. We also take a look at The Bush with artist Ruth van Beek and explore the idea of being naked in At One with Nature. Chef Alain Passard's gardens are documented for over a year by Alexandre Guirkinger - with an interview by Paul Henry-Bizon and we explore the combination of Food and Flowers with Simone Gooch, photographed by Joaquin Laguinge.
Not just gardening, in this issue there is an interesting insight into gender and sexuality: Pleasure Garden commissioned artist Linder Sterling to explore the frames of the old porn studio of the Flamingo Estate in Los Angeles and spoke with designer Erdem Moralıoğlu of the fashion and personal expression.