Seeing Gardens

April 26, 2011

One of the hardest things about looking at gardens with other people is how differently we all see.

Our first year in business, I once showed up to inspect a garden job site at the end of the work day.  I was immediately dismayed by what I saw. What had the crew been doing all day?

The problem was the one piece of furniture in the garden,  a bench.  To my mind, because it was the only man-made object in the courtyard, it was the focal point of the entire yard, yet it was placed in an unappealing way, not level, not framed.  It had leaf debris under it, and to my eye made the entire yard look trashy.

I could not “see” the perfectly pruned trees in bud, or the gentle curve, akin to the shape of woman, of the freshly mulched beds.  Even the expensive, expansive  view of Lake Geneva was ruined for me.  All  I could see was the bench.

It was a good lesson.

This happens all the time.  One of my favorite clients only “sees” a plant that is blooming.  When it is not blooming, it is invisible to her.  Non-gardeners in a garden center get all excited about the same boring old annuals that make a seasoned gardener cry in frustration.

What  do you see in this picture?

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SJ May 2, 2011 at 12:41 am

I like to edge beds – and this edge looks good. Plus, I am a big fan of foliage – there are different levels of green as well as different textures. And the lawn makes a nice foil to the bed.

Showy Flowers IMO are a bonus but not mandatory.

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Kathy April 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I see a very green smiley face.

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Danniel April 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I never saw that, but I do now!

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