Monday, February 16, 2009

LESSONS LEARNED FROM A GARDEN TOUR OF SCOTLAND & ENGLAND Centuries of garden lessons from landscapes that have performed beautifully for centuries.
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Scotland was my first landscape study destination outside the USA. Their professional gardeners were the most hired throughout Europe at the time.
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I'm still amazed at what I learned that was not even mentioned while getting a horticulture degree in the USA.
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LESSONS LEARNED FROM A GARDEN TOUR OF FRANCE & ENGLAND
You must see the French garden still filtering into each landscape I design.
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Gasoline has been expensive since WWII in Europe. Gardening is expensive in Europe. They consistently produce the world's most beautiful landscapes with incredibly small budgets.
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Again, centuries of garden lessons from landscapes that have performed beautifully for centuries.
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VINES: CONSIDER THEM FIRST

Gertrude Jekyll, the world's first garden designer said, The first thing I consider when designing a garden is what to put on the house.

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Vines provide an element of lushness for little effort.

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Big impact, little input.

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THE GARDEN IN WINTER


A landscape designed for beauty in winter will be beautiful all year. Landscapes beautiful in May remind me of a Frank Sinatra song, Memories of midnight that fell apart at dawn.

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Design for winter and your landscape won't fall apart all year.

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Evergreens are the bones of winter and the entire year. Focal points, paths, axis.

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Rosemary Verey wrote, The Garden in Winter. It's one of the best landscape design books you can place on your shelf.




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