An oak forest to represent life, joy, love and even death. The allegory of human life. A pagan temple to recover the concept of sacredness of the tree and the earth, the union between man and nature. A place where gods communicate with men through the rustling of leaves. An acorn symbol of fertility and eternal youth to represent what man is and his becoming. Magic, enchantment, seduction, encounter with the Divine, everything can happen in the sacred wood.
What is the last book you read? And what will be the next one?
Rosi: “Flower Hunters” by Mary and John Gribbin.
Mirko: “Oltre il giardino” di Massimo Venturi Ferriolo.
Your next trip?
Rosi : Japan.
Mirko: I’d like to visit Madagascar, but I’m waiting for better times to travel.
Rosi: Green and light blue.
Mirko: I cannot decided between white and light blue. The first for the undisputed elegance and the second for the preciousness that this colour gives to the flowers that carry it.
What is the plant that matters most to you?
Rosi: Mastic e Hibiscus.
Mirko: It is very difficult .. I would say that the Rosae genus has always fascinated me. However, there are two plants that I love, Petrea volubilis and Quisqulis indica.
Where would you live?
Rosi: in Sardinia.
Mirko: I live in a beautiful land, I don’t think I could ask for more.
What is your favourite historical era?
Rosi: the future.
Mirko: I would say the nineteenth century when botanists travelled the world in search of botanical curiosities for the wonder of European royalty.
Can you describe in short a scene that represents “beauty and elegance” for you?
Rosi: Beauty is not a subjective fact, because otherwise subjective and non-absolute beauties would exist. The idea of beauty is an idea in itself which, as Aristotle says in his aesthetics, is based on three principles: harmony, proportion and convenient size. The Aristotelian analysis, destined to never pass away, derives from the study of the Greek ideal of beauty, expressed in the works of Fidia, Milone, Praxiteles. All of them created their works using a sacred number that Piero della Francesca called the Golden ratio or even Divine proportion and which is based on what is beautiful in nature: the spiral of the shell, the relationship between leaf and petiole, the harmony of the limbs of the human being. Nature has a code to describe what is beautiful: Pythagoras found it, Aristotle theorized it, Piero della Francesca explained it. Artists of all times put it into practice, from Phidias to Michelangelo, from Apelles to Leonardo. Wraith designed and built the Guggenheim Museum in New York following the spiral of the shell. The natural landscape is harmony, proportion, convenient size and in a garden we must reconstruct the same divine proportion.
Mirko: Often when I go to the theatre I find myself watching someone, who like me decided to enjoy a show. I always spend a few minutes looking at the clothes, especially those worn by the ladies, how rich they are, how much gold they have on them, etc. , but I always end up following that different walk, those royal strides. No particular clothes, yet you can’t help but look. There is something special about movement, hands and face moving with an elegant attitude. You can only remain silent and look … Elegance is innate, a gift that is given to you. Elegance is an attitude. It’s like when you first enter a garden. There are many well composed and balanced gardens, some with many blooms, others with many green trees. Then you enter the one that makes you think neither of how it is designed, nor of how many blooms there are around and how many green trees you can see. You are there in an artifice that manages to capture you, and you can only be silent and enjoy the moment.
What is a garden for you?
Rosi: The garden is said to come from the soul. It evokes the earth with the senses, the water with the imagination and the sky with intelligence. For the Japanese, it is the place where man meets the divine. Not a garden to amaze or to demonstrate man’s ability to bend nature, but an initiatory journey into beauty to cure the illness within our psyche. A return to man’s primordial relationship with nature, to the respect for mother earth and the search for our deepest spirituality. In the depths of our unconscious to which we all draw, depending on the situation, feelings, dreams, visions, incomprehensible nostalgia emerge, anxieties that a garden will be able to fill and calm by using symbols that veil and reveal. Each one of us is unique, as unique will be their garden. Building a garden and exposing the soul to create the place where it will find fulfilment, peace and beauty. To do all this, many ingredients are needed: knowledge of botany and of the life cycle of plants, competency about which plants coexist best together and which are the colours that have an effect and bring benefits to our psyche by being helped also by technology. Not a garden for the landscape architect, but a one for those who enjoy it, who are able to create a space that makes them feel part of creation and in harmony with it.
Mirko: For me, a garden is a place where time slows down, an ever-changing room that can clear your mind. A careful game of balances living to surprise you. A world to share with others, where you can eat, chat or drink a glass of good wine. A part of the world where we can decide the colour, the perfume and the shape of beauty that will be the window to the soul of those who live it.
What is seduction for you?
Rosi: The best definition of seduction is in etymology. Seducere, to lead away, to lure, but with a negative connotation because there is deception. Some people have the innate ability to capture others, often misleading them from the right path like a Pied Piper, who enchants and deceives with a magical music entering the soul. There is no reason for seduction other than the exaltation of the magical moment in which the seduced person is convinced by the seducer to be not the object of seduction, but the agent. The seducer’s strength is to convince the other to be led away while leading him or her away. A perverse mechanism known only to those who seduce. According to the modern psychoanalytic science it would be a force deriving from an encounter with the seducer, who puts himself or herself in the same situation as the seduced person to devour their soul. A force that comes into contact with the objects by luring them into a whirlwind of emotions that make them lose all rationality. The seducer becomes the only possible reason. Casanova is the emblem of every possible seduction.
Mirko: Seduction is a game that can be orchestrated to achieve the most varied objectives. A subtle and refined art allowing you to access the wishes of those who like you are playing.