A garden should demand interactions with people. It should be a place where all the senses are stimulated and soothed.
- The fragrance of magnolia blossoms as evening falls
- The buzzing of a bee,
- The crunch of gravel under foot, or the silky softness of a plume of grass,
- The juicy sweetness of sun-ripened strawberries,
- Or the playful sway of grasses in a breeze.
A garden should be a place where the changing seasons are celebrated.
- Twigs and seed heads protruding from fresh fallen snow,
- The exuberant burst of life and colour in spring,
- The sultry blooms of summer,
- And the rich russets and golds of Autumn
- Each season has its own moment on the garden stage; each has its own beauty.
A garden should be lived in. It should be an extension of the house and should be planned accordingly.
- A table spread beneath a canopy of grape vines,
- A soothing soak in a bamboo screened tub,
- A hammock stretched out in the shade, beneath it, a book lazily cast aside.
- Or a sunny seat tucked away on a South facing wall for those few precious days of winter sun.
A garden should blend into its surroundings. A Mediterranean style garden would look as out of place in front of a log cabin as an Italian tiered fountain in front of a farmhouse. Native plants and native rock material both aid in settling a landscape into its environment.
A garden should be a work of art. What artist has a more varied medium and material than a garden designer? We have an ever changing play of light and shadows, innumerable plant choices, and infinite plant combinations. Passing seasons and changing weather are constantly impacting the garden. There is never a moment when the garden is the same.