Genevieve Jacobs

About Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs is a prize-winning journalist as well as a freelance writer for gardening and fine arts magazines, writing principally on history and design. Among Genevieve’s interests are the arts, gardens, the environment, history and politics. Her daily morning show on 666 ABC Canberra examines local news and issues, with everyday people talking about issues that affect them. Genevieve has also lectured widely on artists and their gardens, exploring the links between a strong visual aesthetic and surrounding landscape. She is one of Renaissance Tours favourite tour guides.

Classical gardens and contemporary art in China

Western thinking on garden history tends to be almost unconsciously European in focus – we might evoke the eighteenth century, and think of ha-has and arboreta, or perhaps a Renaissance Italian stroll garden, ornamented with classical statuary. But when mediaeval apothecaries were busy enclosing medicinal herbs in box compartments, one of our greatest cultures was quite literally moving mountains. In China, where the most exciting contemporary art is also to be found, gardens and art have been inextricably linked for almost two thousand years. Continue reading