The garden sketcher

Last week’s visit by Peter Richards reminded me of another sketcher-traveler from down under we had the honor of receiving, during the Summer. Richard Aitken – who has the unusual profession of garden historian – spent some weeks travelling around Portugal. His field of expertise drives him to visit both public and private gardens, in and around cities, manors and palaces, in search of a peculiar species or an unusual mix of flora that our ancestors have decided to combine, for the sake of their beauty.

During our lunchtime, Pedro Alves and I, inadvertently, took the garden expert to one of the least gardeny parts of Lisboa – the densely packed Castle district – for a sketch from above.

A visita do Peter Richards na semana passada recordou-me de um outro desenhador-viajante do continente no outro lado do Planeta, que tivemos a honra de receber, durante o verão. O Richard Aitken – que tem a profissão invulgar de historiador de jardins – passou algumas semanas a viajar por Portugal. O seu campo de investigação leva-o a visitar jardins públicos e privados, em cidades, palácios e palacetes, em busca de alguma espécie particular, ou de uma combinação pouco comum de flora que os nossos antepassados decidiram justapor, a bem da beleza.

Durante a nossa hora do almoço, o Pedro Alves e eu, inadvertidamente, levámos o especialista em jardis a uma das partes menos ajardinadas de Lisboa – a densa colina do Castelo – para um desenho do alto.

Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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