As the designer of The Orchid Show: Brazilian Modern, Raymond Jungles brings the naturalistic subtropical aesthetic that has brought him fame in Florida and the Caribbean to The New York Botanical Garden. Founder of the Miami-based Jungles Landscape Architect, he focuses primarily on private residential gardens, but also works on planned communities, commercial sites, and resort hotels. Jungles has been recognized with 35 awards for his work from various organizations and has been showcased in 29 books and 44 periodicals.
His work illustrates an interest in and dedication to the preservation of natural habitat and use of indigenous species. For The Orchid Show, Jungles has drawn inspiration from his mentor, the late Brazilian landscape architect, artist, and self-taught horticulturist Roberto Burle Marx. Jungles first met Burle Marx when he was a student at the University of Florida. Thereafter Jungles made frequent trips to Brazil to learn from Burle Marx at his work sites, studio, and estate. Through his use of native plants, sculpture, hardscape, and water features, as well as his devotion to preserving natural habitats and indigenous species, Jungles’ work bears the mark of his legendary mentor.
Produced by Rustin Dwyer