Issues

60. Ugly

Ugliness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. One woman’s prized rhododendron is another’s horrid weed. The pursuit of beauty and evasion of ugliness is an essential part of being human. But what does it mean? Who says what is ugly and what isn’t? Can something be so ugly it’s beautiful? How do plants play into this dialogue? So many ways of seeing, so many questions.

The Night Gardeners: A Short Story

CultureA magical tale about cultivating beauty in an abandoned garden.

Daniel Shipp’s Cast of Ugly Misfits

Art & DesignMeet photographer Daniel Shipp's gang of ugly plant misfits in their first ever glamour shoot.

River Garden Diaries: And then the Snake (and the Rain) Came

GardensThat time a diamond python visited my garden.

Horticultural Semiotics: Ugly Beautiful Los Angeles

GardensLos Angeles is ugly but only if you don’t have the eyes to see it...

The Way of the Gardener

CultureWe're killing our world. This is why love, and gardening, matters.

Kate Wall is a Gardener of Weeds

PeopleWelcome to Kate Wall's weedy world!

A Love Letter to My Neighbour’s Ugly Garden

GardensFreya Latona's neighbour has a beautifully ugly garden.

The World’s Ugliest Plants

Botanica, CultureIs a gerbera uglier than a penis shaped plant that stinks of rotting meat?

A Succulent Love Story

BotanicaNatasha Grogan used to HATE succulents. But not anymore!

The Planthunter Book: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Dirty Laundry

CultureWe made a book! Read the ugly/beautiful truth about it here.

Falling into the Future: Nostalgia, Grief and Granny’s Begonia

GardensAn exploration of grief and nostalgia, framed by the story of a pot plant.