A person’s garden, lawn, and yard are their pride and joy. No matter how horrendously bizarre, ugly, eccentric, and eldritch it might look! There’s a certain beauty in ugliness and we shouldn’t be shy about sharing it with the world. And if our neighbors get mad, well that’s when you show them this captivating Instagram account that features weird and ugly gardens in all their decadent glory. Beautiful is boring, but ugly can be beautiful.

Created by English and history teacher James Hull and landscape architect Bede Brennan, the Instagram project has already amassed a whopping 124k followers and continues to grow. Much like the weeds digging their roots ever-deeper in some of these lawns.

Have a look at the very best (or is that worst?) gardens below, upvote the ones that are so bad they’re starting to seem quite nice, and let us know which of these dystopian nightmares you loved looking at the most. Just take care not to get lost in the weeds, otherwise, we’ll have to send out a Panda search party. We just hope the garden gnomes won’t notice us… golly that’s a lot of gnomes!

I had a lovely chat with Bede and James about their fantastic project. The warm duo answered my questions, from the origins of the Instagram account itself to what sustains their passion for the project and how a garden doesn't have to be classically beautiful to stand out. You'll find their cheerful interview with Bored Panda below, so be sure to have a read, dear Pandas!

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#1

His Bark Is Worse Than His Bite

His Bark Is Worse Than His Bite

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Amy Bindokas
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1 year ago

I wooden mess with it!

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#2

The Secret Garden, Finally Revealed

The Secret Garden, Finally Revealed

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JustAPanda
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1 year ago

Love the design

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#3

Healthy Roots, Less Split Ends

Healthy Roots, Less Split Ends

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just another bookish gay
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1 year ago

wow this is really pretty! can't imagine the time on it though...

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"It all started as an in-joke between friends about gardens we’d see that weren’t necessarily bad, they just had a funny vibe or a weird aesthetic," Bede and Jame told Bored Panda that everything began with some comments about how a particular garden might be ugly.

According to the duo, it's not just traditionally beautiful gardens that can be works of art. Bizarre and ugly yards can have artistic merit, too. "We love the way people put themselves out there with their gardens. Gardens are a really personal thing and are always on display out the front of your home. They require huge amounts of effort and upkeep too," they said. And anyone who's ever put in the hours to tend to their garden, no matter how small, is likely to agree that it's back-breaking labor!

One of the main things that keep James and Bede passionate about running the Instagram garden project is how it brings them together with fans from unusual places. "We love being able to interact with people around the globe through the medium of humor. Getting submissions from places we’ve never even heard of is always super interesting."

#4

2021 Emerging

2021 Emerging

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Kristof De Smet
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1 year ago

I love this!

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#5

Dali Of The Suburbs

Dali Of The Suburbs

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MiriPanda
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1 year ago

The vanishing chairs are kinda funny.

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#6

*listens To Psy-Trance Once*

*listens To Psy-Trance Once*

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Michelle Scott
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1 year ago

Aww c'mon. That's just cool.

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I was curious to get the founders' take on whether one of the main draws of 'ugly' photos is that they stand out very clearly among the stream of 'perfect' and curated pics that we usually find in our social media feeds. "Certainly, there is something about the ugly aesthetic which stands out on Instagram, a garden doesn’t have to be classically beautiful to stand out, make you happy, or be a landmark in the real world either," they shared their opinion.

Both Bede and James admitted that they aren't sure where exactly the line between well and poorly-designed gardens and good and bad yards lies. "That’s what is fun," they pointed out that not knowing is part of the appeal.

Finally, I was dying to find out why so many people seem utterly obsessed with garden gnomes. It feels like there's never just one or two of them guarding someone's lawn, but droves and droves of the figurines. "Neither of us has ever owned a garden gnome, but we imagine there must be something exhilarating about it, perhaps almost drug-like because once someone has one they seem to get a habit. If we have one bit of advice, it's to be careful of garden gnomes."

#7

Dentist And Gardener

Dentist And Gardener

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Serial pacifist
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1 year ago

Stop beating around the bush and fix my teeth.

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#8

Serpentine

Serpentine

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, a bridgestoneconda. This is quite realistic and the product of a skilled master, regardless of the function, or materials.

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#9

My Neighbour To-Piary

My Neighbour To-Piary

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Natalia Maciel
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1 year ago

Tottoro!!!!!

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The entire project is meant as a celebration, not a condemnation of “horticulturally challenged yards and gardens” from all over the globe. And while this ugliness certainly is appealing (if you gaze long enough into the abyss, it’ll start gazing into you as well), it’s also bound to make at least some of you Pandas want to get your lawnmower and pressure washer.

Some of the garden design choices are truly baffling. There’s an overwhelming number of decorations that shouldn’t ever have left the shop (or factory if we’re truly honest) to begin with.

Meanwhile, the landscaping in some yards looks like something you’d get when you cross M.C. Escher’s work with Salvador Dalí’s paintings. Non-Euclidian geometry and bizarre forms seem to be the name of the game. And this loving madness seems contagious.

#10

Mood

Mood

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RadiatorAnkleSpider
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1 year ago

Love this.

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#11

Modern Aquarius: Buoyant Personality, Colourful, A Source Of Water In Times Of Drought

Modern Aquarius: Buoyant Personality, Colourful, A Source Of Water In Times Of Drought

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Abhinc
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1 year ago

why do i kinda like this ??

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#12

Hedge Architecture - A Very English Pursuit

Hedge Architecture - A Very English Pursuit

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Robert T
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1 year ago

If you can see the hedge house, it's aboot to rain. If you cannae see the hedge house, it's already raining!

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The founders of the project, James and Bede, spoke to Land8 about their Instagram page. They noted that the account is as much about endearingly weird gardens as it is about truly horrible yards.

“Neglected expanses of concrete, weed harboring swamps, or lifeless and loveless colored gravel,” they gave some examples. “These are not our main focus, though they are sometimes worth a laugh.”

#13

The Year Which Keeps On Giving

The Year Which Keeps On Giving

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Serial pacifist
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1 year ago

Santa relieving himself knowing that it's over.

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#14

My Antivirus Software When I Stream Shows From Dodgy Websites

My Antivirus Software When I Stream Shows From Dodgy Websites

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d bradley
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1 year ago

i wanna know if when he gets home he opens and walks thru the gate

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#15

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!

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Helen Haley
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1 year ago

Well that's terrifying

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Some of the things that these strangely-designed (and sometimes poorly-kept) gardens might have include “grand statues, mid-century breeze blocks, and unprofessionally restored historic items.” According to the founders, nobody on Planet Earth is exempt from having weird and bad gardens. However, some hotspots include Melbourne which is a “Mecca for this aesthetics,” as well as the United States. Especially the central states.

“I think we felt that suburban Melbourne and its gardeners had a very unique approach. We’re not doctorates or anything. We’ve studied a little bit of history, a little bit of philosophy, this and that. There’s a sense of homage to a lot of ancient Greek and Roman cultures, and in front yards it is often quite dramatic. There’s just these interesting narratives that spring up from the gardens,” James told New York Magazine.

#16

It Takes A Lot Of Balls To Topiary Like This

It Takes A Lot Of Balls To Topiary Like This

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pebs
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1 year ago

This is great!

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#17

Topiary Final Boss

Topiary Final Boss

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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1 year ago

Chaos.

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#18

When You Just Can’t Seem To Get Into The Swing Of Things

When You Just Can’t Seem To Get Into The Swing Of Things

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eeeeeeeee
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1 year ago

All in all, just another brick in the wall....

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He reiterated that the goal of the account isn’t to make fun of anyone but to celebrate how much these gardens “enrich and liven up our suburbs.” The goal? To help fight boredom. Imagine how boring life would be if you didn’t have some contrast and clashing aesthetics once in a while. Peaceful suburban life? Yuck! Give us weirdness and ugliness. And don’t forget the garden gnomes!

#19

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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just another bookish gay
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1 year ago

this is amazing.

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#20

Shrine To The Panic Buy

Shrine To The Panic Buy

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Serial pacifist
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1 year ago

The pyramid of Wallmartian civilization.

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#21

Bring Greenery Back Into Our Urban Parks

Bring Greenery Back Into Our Urban Parks

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James016
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1 year ago

At least someone found a good use for a Renault 5, ( I had one, it was awful)

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#22

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

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K Witmer
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1 year ago

What kinds of seeds were they

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#23

How Not To Slide Into Dms

How Not To Slide Into Dms

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Nadine Bamberger
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1 year ago

Heeeeeeere's Johnson!

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#24

To Pass Our Driveway You Must Answer Me These Questions Three...

To Pass Our Driveway You Must Answer Me These Questions Three...

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Katie Lutesinger
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1 year ago

WHAT is your name? WHAT is your quest? WHAT is the airspeed of an unladen swallow?

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#25

If You Like Piña Coladas, And Getting Caught In The Rain

If You Like Piña Coladas, And Getting Caught In The Rain

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BoredPandaAddict
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1 year ago

I thought it was a pineapple sprouting out the ground! xD

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#26

Femme Fatale: The Postman’s Affliction

Femme Fatale: The Postman’s Affliction

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JustAPanda
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1 year ago

The cause of the wildfires is found at last

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#27

Do Not Make Eye Contact

Do Not Make Eye Contact

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Bacon beary
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1 year ago (edited)

Gulp... I did, its coming for me now

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#28

Why?

Why?

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Guðrún Sveinsdóttir
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1 year ago

First thought...Trump!!! 😂😂😂

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#29

"For He Died To Save Our Topiaries"

"For He Died To Save Our Topiaries"

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Truth Monster
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1 year ago

Jesus the Gardener making his mark....

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#30

Perhaps It's Time To Switch Chlorine Brands

Perhaps It's Time To Switch Chlorine Brands

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JustAPanda
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1 year ago

Anybody wanna try diving into nature?

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