The gate is no longer there.
Today it’s grey and rainy. I’m dreaming of gardens. Yesterday, my 2009 edition of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Directory came in the mail. Its arrival made me think about how much I have been inspired by seeing gardens. Not only do I visit on Open Days, but the APLD annual design conference also incorporates amazing garden visits. There are some random photos of gardens which I’ve visited over the years included here. I appologize if some aren’t credited to their sources and owners as I rarely write down what I’m photographing as I go along.
Observing someone else’s point of view, details, and planting styles have had a profound effect on my growth as a landscape designer.Over the years I’ve visited gardens large and small, good and not so good in many countries. All have had some type of impact on my design aesthetic–either as something to aspire to or something to avoid.
When I was first starting out, I focused on all of the amazing plants that I didn’t know and dutifully wrote them all down. Now I walk with camera and sketchbook in hand–taking pictures and drawing small details as they strike me. Mostly I snap–sketching takes me too much time!
I actually try not to analyze it too much when I’m there–I try to experience the gardens while I’m in them. Sometimes I’ll see something that I don’t like and that’s just as galvanizing as what I do.