Winding Garden


Landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh has taken a tiny plot of land at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston – the Monk’s Garden – and made it into a vast area for exploration. By covering the garden with winding brick paths, the area becomes a series of twists and turns among trees and plants. Ferns and small trees cover most of the area outside the path, giving it a layered, dense sensation, like a forest. Van Valkenburgh said he created the garden as a “compliment in contrast” to Renzo Piano’s museum addition.