Rural origins in creations of resident landscapers

C. Petry
In the north of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, the persistence in the 1970s of active rural farm women in a region in environmental and economic decline may be explained by their symbolic relationship with their gardens. This study aims to carry out two case studies of resident landscapers in the municipality of Victor Graeff, and examine how they express their rural origins in topiary compositions and in creating plant collections. We make suggestions for the activity of technical professionals, as well as possible uses of landscaping knowledge in this time of transition. After identifying the desires of well-being and quality of life expressed within these private landscaping creations, it may be seen that creation of a scenic tour of rural gardens has assisted in cultivating self-esteem in these inhabitants, as well as their receptiveness to the view of the tourist from the outside. The technical professional should not impede the manifestation of individual motivations because, without them, there is no successful collective process of tourism which values uniqueness and local flavor. As for the resident landscaper, being able to express oneself with dignity nourishes self-esteem in a wise manner. However, since this is an ongoing process, dialogues and constant collective decision-making are necessary. In this dynamic process, where craft and nature mutually enrich the imagery of daily life of these resident landscapers, these topiary artists and collectors of identity-defining plants show us that they carry their dreams and their precepts of rural life with them wherever they go.
Petry, C. (2016). Rural origins in creations of resident landscapers. Acta Hortic. 1108, 131-138
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1108.16
Brazilian resident landscapers, landscaping, green heritage, association, rural tourism

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