The garden is a tapestry of green plants.
My Garden Early in my career as a calligrapher I was part of a group of four; a writer, a weaver, a painter, and calligrapher. We met regularly to talk seriously about art and to look at each other’s work. These meetings helped us formulate ideas about looking at art, gave us experience in talking about our own work, and reinforced the importance of collaborating with others.
A New Design Goal With that idea in mind, this summer I hired a gardener to work with me in my gardens. Michelle, a woman half my age and with four times my energy, is helping me re-design my existing perennial beds and transform a large section of a lawn into new gardens. We discuss plants and garden design while digging side by side. The effort is causing me to think about the landscape in new ways.
The Garden Plot My yard and gardens are located on a rectangular plot of land in a northern temperate climate. An assortment of trees border three sides of the lot and the house sits in the center, dividing the lot lengthwise. Composed of hundreds of different plants with varied leaves and flowers, the garden is a three-dimensional tapestry of green that surrounds the house and is slowly growing – reaching for all of its borders.
There are so many ways of working the design elements and principles in any project we take on. In a garden you work with the color green and texture and architecture of plants. And working in collaboration helps us to see it in new ways.
Enjoy the rest of your summer, thank you for taking the time for reading this. I look forward to hearing from you.
Nancy Leavitt www.nancyleavitt.com
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