Best Private Plots

Call for Entries
Deadline for entries – June 4th, 2012

The international garden architecture competition best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012  was launched on the 2nd of April 2012.

The award best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 recognizes exemplary sustainable design of private outdoor spaces, highlighting the garden as a contemporary dialogue between architecture, ecology and landscape, as places of inspiration and creation, as habitats that tell stories.

The award criteria include artistic and conceptual quality, ecological use of plants and materials, delimitation and organization of outdoor space. A focus lies on variety of uses and sustainability. The outdoor spaces must be clearly identifiable as intended for private residence and use, and must have been created no more than ten years ago. The competition is international. Landscape architects, architects, artists, gardeners, garden owners and combinations thereof from all countries are eligible.

Prizes: First prize: 7,000 € | Second prize: 5,000 € | Third prize: 3,000 €

Jury 2012: Stig L. Andersson (DK), SLA Urbanity Strategy Landscape | Franziska Bark Hagen (CH), cultural scientist | Teresa Moller (CL), Estudio del Paisaje | Vladimir (Tom) Sitta, Terragram | Tom Stuart-Smith (GB), Landscape Design

Award ceremony and International symposium on garden architecture: September 29th, 2012, Essl Museum, A-3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria.

The bilingual catalog best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 will present about 30 outdoor spaces and gardens nominated for the award. The catalog will be launched at the award ceremony on 29th September 2012 and can be ordered at

best private plots 12 competition brief
best private plots 12 folder
best private plots 12 Jury
best private plots 12 poster

The Art of the Garden

8th Contemporary European Horticulture and Garden Show

“Water in the art of gardens and nature”

Károlyi Mansion,

Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary

June 1-2-3 2012

Lectures, Nurserymen,Commercial Gardeners Breeders and Producers

Distributors of Horticultural Specialties Garden Accessories and Furniture Designers

Greenhouse and Fountain Manufacturers Lighting Firms, Crafts, Professional Associations

Landscaping Schools, Landscape Architects, Activities for Children, Concert,

 Exhibition and Sale in the 50 ha park

Honorary Chairwoman:

Mrs Pál Schmitt, wife of the President of the Republic

European Guests of Honour countries:

Denmark, Cyprus, France

Supporting Groups:

Magyar Turizmus Zrt-Közép Dunántúli Régíó

Institut français, Budapest, the Embassies of Denmark and Cyprus


Virágos Magyarországért (‘Hungary in bloom’)

«Kertészek és Kertbarátok Országos Szövetsége»

(Gardeners and friends of Gardens association)

 Program of the conferences

Friday, 1st June : opening : Danish and Cyprus heritage

The Royal Gardens in Denmark: Jens Hendeliowitz, landscape architect

Cyprus and its heritage: Mrs Anna Marengou “The Venetian wall in Nicosia”

Opening concert by the Danish Quartett

 Saturday, 2nd June: Art of fountains and landscape architecture

Fountains of Villa d’Este, Italy: Marina Cogotti, responsible for the fountains

Fountains of Versailles, France: Gilles Bultez, responsible of the hydraulic system

Jámbor Imre, Corvinus University: « Water in historic and contemporary garden architecture»

 Sunday, 3rd June: Water in the nature: heritage to be preserved

Water and environment: Dr Jenö György Fekete, University of Pécs

« L’eautonomie » or sustainable water management: József Országh,
former researcher at the Mons University

Gábor Ungvári, REKK Water Economics Unit Budapest Corvinus University:
the European EPI-Wasser project

 For Further Information: Joseph Károlyi Foundation

00 33 1 45 48 44 48; 00 36 22 578 080

Call for New Editor – Journal of Landscape Architecture

Call for NEW EDITOR Journal of Landscape Architecture, with special responsibility for ‘Thinking Eye’ Section.
JoLA, The Journal of Landscape Architecture invites applications for the position of Editor to join the Editorial team, with special responsibility for the journal’s peer reviewed visual essay section ‘Thinking Eye’.
The new editor would be appointed during the Summer 2012.

‘Thinking Eye’ aims to support critical investigations into visual concepts, methodologies and media, and to promote scholarly discourse on visual culture in landscape architecture.  We publish peer-reviewed experiments and methodological innovation, including those practices and ideas drawn from the fine and other arts and related design and environmental disciplines that have demonstrable relevance for contemporary landscape architecture theory and practice.

Applications are due by June 1 2012.

Further information on the position and how to apply can be  found at JoLA at:

Let’s celebrate the World Landscape Architecture Month

is the topic of this year World Landscape Architecture Month. It is also the topic IFLA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa!

Easy! We are interested in photographs and videos that show LANDSCAPES IN TRANSITIONS of everyday life. We are looking for informal and spontaneous landscapes in transitions made by communities or individuals which show how they deal with a changing world. Here is a text that may inspire you.
All landscapes are in various states of Transition, being changed by various forces and processes over time. Humankind inherited a world of natural processes and forces which created the landscapes that people first inhabited. Through dynamic interaction people have altered their environment by cultural practices which have in turn themselves been fundamentally shaped by the particularities of that environment. Three often referred to categories of landscape which arise from the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment are natural-, cultural- and urban landscapes.”

Natural Landscapes in Transitions
Cultural Landscapes in Transition
Urban Landscapes in Transitions

Each participant can send one image and/or video by category. In addition, please send us a short description of where the image was taken (in English). It is not compulsory to send material for all the categories.
Photos: 3MB (max)
Videos: HD 1920×1080 (1 minute max)

During the month of April 2012. The World Month of Landscape Architecture!

Send us your material by email to

The best five photos and videos will be presented at the World Congress in South Africa where the winner will receive a diploma of recognition for this achievement. In addition, we will publish the winner photos and their credits on our web page and in IFLA Newsletter that is distributed all over the word.

The Jury
Ms. Desiree Martinez, IFLA President
Mr. Carlos Jankilevich – IFLA Vicepresident Americas Region
Mr. Nigel Thorne – IFLA Vicepresident European Region
Mr. Philip Ngunjiri – IFLA Vicepresident Africa Region
Mr. Ilya Mochalov – IFLA Secretary General
Mr. John Easthope – IFLA Treasurer
Mr. Herman de Lange – President of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA)
Ms. Paula Villagra – Chair Communication Committee of IFLA
Ms. Christine Bavassa – IFLA Executive Secretary and webmaster