planning: a fertile imagination

Punch illustration


“So you see, my dear, one can be decorative and useful”

At the outbreak of WWII every effort was made to encourage people to change their gardens from places of relaxation to the front line of self-sufficiency.

Although a tongue-in-cheek peck at the woman’s role, values and horizons, I love this cartoon’s reflection of a gardener wanting the veg to be as beautiful as her former roses.

It is, of course, a William Morris phrase applied to the garden.

Morris defined art as ‘man’s expression of his joy in labour’. Surely what we would now call ‘good design’?

And set as an easy rule to get there: ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’.

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