Call for Ideas: The Garden of Plants

Call for Ideas: The Garden of Plants


  • Type: Idea Level Competition
  • Last date of Registration: 14/11/2022

About Competition

The theme we are proposing this year focuses on the botanical element: no longer a corollary or simple decoration, but a starting point and professional inspiration. The designers, regardless of their training, will be called to try their hand at a botany for landscape architects, well-developed and elegant projects, which can demonstrate the benefits of a quality, modern, functional, poetic and serene artistic garden. The intention is to encourage the debate around a different style of garden capable of promoting a conscious belonging to the natural world, gardens in which a sincere relationship with plants is put in place every day. 

Antonio Perazzi, artistic director of the Radicepura Garden Festival. 

The international call is open to under 36 – individual professionals or teams of emerging architects – for the construction of 6 gardens that address the proposed theme. There will also be 1 garden reserved for the over 36 category. The gardens will be built in Radicepura, the botanical park in the province of Catania, in Giarre – between Etna and the Ionian Sea – in close communication with the other gardens designed by renowned landscape architects. international and works of art. Garden designers will have the opportunity to express their creativity, making use of the most original plants grown in the Piante Faro nursery, which collects more than 3000 different species of tropical, succulent, aromatic plants, Mediterranean trees and citrus fruits. Participation in the contest is free and the 7 projects selected by the jury will have a budget of 10,000 euros available for the supply of plants and construction materials.

In the first phase, designers are invited to join our call by submitting an idea that is convincing enough to access a selection. After this initial phase, we will draw up a short list: those selected will access a second phase in a restricted form and will be invited to produce a detailed project for a specific area to be assigned to them. Finally, in the final selection, the 7 winners will be invited to create their garden in the park of the Radicepura Biennale, where throughout the festival thousands of visitors, photographers, and journalists from all over the world will visit, study, and enjoy their projects, appreciating their quality and beauty.

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Submission / Key Dates

Submission Deadline: 14 November 2022

Shortlisted entries: 28 November 2022

Winning Entries: 7 January 2023