23 Feb Lucy Hardiman on Design
Did you see the chickens? They were on display, not so discreetly tucked into a couple of show gardens. Popular speaker, co-author of “Intimate Gardens” and garden designer, Lucy Hardiman, reports that Portland was the first city to implement a chicken coop tour. Of all the interesting things to make part of a garden-the chickens have got to win an award.
Here’s what I learned:
- Your goal should be to implement an area with well-populated spaces, comfortable exposure and great plants.
- A garden should compliment our homes, spaces and most of all, spirits.
- Our gardens tell one or more stories.
- When designing a garden, your starting point is always the house itself. A house gives the major clues on what to do with a space. A generic house gives more ability to use various garden styles.
- Fireplaces can be overbuilt within a garden. Simple is best.
- Containers act as an invitation into particular areas and their placement is important.
- The use of screening, even if see-through, stops the eye and invites a pause.
- The use of red is unusual in small gardens as it actually shortens the distance for the eye.
- Back and front gardens can be different but should have a relationship with each other.
- Use elevation to your advantage in a way that makes sense.
- Ground plain is an ” under-story”. Design also has a “canopy”, which are the items above the ground level.
- Consider adding spirituality to your garden, and consider unusual ones such as a labyrinth.
- Vegetables are finally coming back within designed gardens (Yippee!).
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