Breaking the Rules: The Surrealist Garden

Quirky, weird, crazily wonderful—welcome to the world of surreal garden design.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lollipop Land

Parts of the Hanging Gardens at Marqueyssac in France are fabulously wacky. Classified as a historical monument, they include rockeries, waterfalls, and over 3 miles of pathways, edged with hand-trimmed boxwoods clipped into strange designs

Trompe L'oeil Door

This trompe l'oeil doorway appliqué offers a glimpse into a flower-studded garden. The realistic image of the garden creates a three dimensional optical illusion.

Crazy Creation

Ivan Hicks creates humorous and free-spirited gardens that catch your eye and make you think twice about at what you’re looking, such as this kayak filled with models of human legs.

Morning Lit Topiaries

Boxwood spheres are laid out in a strictly formal pattern, and cast intriguing shadows across the smooth lawn.

Floating Spheres

Bold and bright, these balloons set the tone for the futuristic designs at the Chaumont Festival, France.

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