Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

Letters and words have been a long term design and decorating trend.  Think ‘Dream’ above a bed, or ‘Eat’ in the kitchen, or ‘Grow’  in gardens. What happens when letter forms and words step outside of those cliches and become something else? Not the kind of words that are carved into something, but words and letters that are freestanding graphic elements that are interesting on their own or have a deeper meaning.

6fc66487f155247fe999cf3aa74e12b1 Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

Image via Vintage Marquee Lights

There are so many possibilities that I’ve only begun to crack the surface and there’s not a single ‘grow’ or ‘I’m in the garden’ among them. These letters can be personal or just cool design elements. They can be vintage marquee lights or old bits of signage. They’re not hard to find.

growsgreen blue garden 2 Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

 Image via Gardenista

I’m going to Las Vegas in November for the first time (and probably the last) and have carved out time to visit the Neon Boneyard which has fascinated me for years. I’d love to use one of the ghosts of the past in a landscape design.

Stock5 650 Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

Image via Vegas Groom

Another way to use letterforms is for messages. Not the cliched ‘I’m in the Garden’ kind of thing, but something of substance and meaning. Below at the new garden at The Barnes Foundation designed by OLIN, the graphics are taken from Dr. Barnes’ notes on hanging his art collection.

Barnes signage2 Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

 Image courtesy of Pentagram

A simpler version of the same design concept can be an easy DIY project. These are formed with galvanized wire and pliers with loops for screws.  Not difficult at all.

Love+is+all+you+need... Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

image via April and May

 

 

Related posts:

share save 171 16 Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

About Susan aka Miss. R

Professional landscape designer, lover of the land and all things design.
LABELS: architectural salvage, Garden Design, Gardens, Landscape Design, patios, vintage

2 Responses to Garden Design Details: Letterforms and Words

  1. The most poignant example must be “The Sun Rising” by John Donne on the side of the cottage in Derek Jarman’s Dungeness garden.

  2. Absolutely Cindy. I didn’t include because it’s so hard to see in an image. I hope to visit that garden one day, it’s one of the most inspiring places I’ve seen in photos…ever. http://www.gardenvisit.com/garden/derek_jarman_garden_prospect_cottage_dungeness

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


− two = 3

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>