Edición 2021 – Parcela 12

The sonnet is the inspiration for the garden and the plants follow its meter. So, just as the sonnet comprises 14 hendecasyllabic lines, two quatrains and two tercets, the plants are arranged in 14 rows, each containing 11 plants. Rhyme decides the species in each row.

The last syllable of each hendecasyllable: ABAB ABAB CDC DCD.

Species planted in each row: 1212 1212 797 979.

One is boxwood, two is lavender, seven is sacred bamboo and nine is the cider gum.

Further species are also introduced based on the distribution of the underlying rhythm of the poem, thereby enriching the variety of plants.

The creator of the sonnet, the Sicilian Giacomo da Lentini (1210–1260), wrote in the tradition of troubadours, who would also compose music to accompany their verses. Therefore, besides being influenced by poetic composition, the garden is also influenced by music. The wooden walkway, the central circle, the lines of water that traverse it and provide sound and the circular tree pits make reference to mediaeval instruments like the lute and the zither.

A pergola, whose roof is carved with the lines of a poem by Giacomo da Lentini, Poesía d’Amore (Love Poetry), provides shade where visitors can read the text. Here, they are enveloped by the poem. Seating invites the visitor to stop and enjoy this feeling, look at the garden and read a while.

uno+uno: Isotta Cortesi e Gisela Bartoloni

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Ángela Martínez


Architect (UPM) máster in Project Management (Fundación Antonio Camuñas-UE) and máster in Gardening and Landscaping (UPM).

She worked as a construction consultant and project manager for several years. As landscapist she worked for the Municipality of Aranjuez and a Madrid based landscape firm.

Competitor in Allariz International Garden Festival 2019

First prize in the Competition of floral corners Aras en Flor 2019.