Black shade sail Bedessono Hotel and Spa

Garden Designers’ Roundtable: Details make the Design

I’m a collector of details.  Often when visiting gardens, as I did in Northern California last week, it’s the details that stick in my mind’s eye.  I muse on how I’d use them in a garden design.

Attention to the details in a design is what makes it sing.  When you add the details up and they are layered and nuanced, they make a beautiful whole.  Generally, I find places for details as well their ability to unify a design idea and to make visual relationships work are overlooked. Either there are too few details or they haven’t been edited well enough. Or, maybe I’m just cynical and jaded from visiting too many gardens (can one do that?), but in most of them the details are -in my opinion- more interesting than the whole.

Black shade sail Bedessono Hotel and Spa
Jaunty black shade sail at the Bardessono in Yountville

So, here, in no particular order (mostly because I’m jet-lagged and swamped with work) are some lovely details from the last part of my trip.  I haven’t been able to completely digest all that I saw, so enjoy my un-edited brain dump and use them for your own inspiration!

If you’d like to read my previous post on the courtyards at the Bardessono Hotel OR if you’d like to read what other designers think about the details, try these:

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK
Deborah Silver : Dirt Simple : Detroit, MI
Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT
Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA
Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT
Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In The Garden : Los Altos, CA


5 thoughts on “Garden Designers’ Roundtable: Details make the Design

  1. Susan,

    In the photograph “Jaunty black shade sail at the Bardessono in Yountville” the black shade is definitely the first thing that captured my eye – because of it’s tilt and shape, the shade sail appears as if it is on a separate geometric plane of view. What I really love about this photograph though is that the curvy wooden/wicker furniture adds a softness to the exterior space (much like the smooth black boulders), though it’s still geometric as well. Those are the kind of details that I love seeing in an outdoor design.

  2. Immediately I love the sun shade, the black sail and how unorthodox the design is, also the custom made table, the table strap is just so sexy, it reminds me of an armor piece just by looking at the pointed tip. thanks for sharing!

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