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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Walls and Fences Revisited Wrap-Up

Rustic fence at Horsford 08

A virtual pot of sweetly scented primroses to all of you who shared your thoughts on and images of garden walls and fences for this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop. Here are the posts…

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Walls and Fences Revisited

Fence along driveway midJuly 05

To kick off Year Three of the Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop, we’re revisiting what has turned out to be one of our most popular topics: fences, walls, and other means of creating enclosure, separating spaces, and adding privacy and protection.

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The Background On Backgrounds

new verbascum and mapleI’m one of those who believe the basic language of visual design applies to almost any topic or media. The ideas that make a successful garden vignette could also be employed to create a pleasing painting, a tempting textile, a beautiful building, or a fine photograph. There is a design language, and it does boast a few important “phrases.” Thus we hear, ad nauseum,  about contrasting forms, about the use of color, the value of texture, blah, blah, blah. I don’t mean to belittle those essential elements, but how come we never hear anything about, say, backgrounds?   Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – December Wrap-Up

Side garden fence Sept 27 07Despite the many demands of this busy month, we had a great turnout for December’s Design Workshop on the subject of garden fences and walls. From classic white pickets and rustic split rail to stunning sheet metal, we got to see some amazing garden enclosures and pick up some great ideas too. Below is a summary of all the posts relating to this month’s topic, roughly organized by subject. Enjoy! Continue Reading →

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Raising the Walls

Walled garden at Carthage Nov 14 07

Many years ago, when I worked as an editor at Rodale Press Garden Books, part of my job was looking at pretty pictures of gardens. Lots of pictures. Many thousands of pictures. You see, each of us worked on the photo selections for the books we were individually responsible for, and we often pitched in to help each other on the biggest books. Our ever-patient photo editor presented us with towering stacks of folders and envelopes full of slide sheets, and we spent many hours leaning over a light table, peering at tiny transparencies in the hunt for the perfect pictures. Part of the task was selecting the types of images that suited the particular book project, whether that was close-up shots for plant IDs, combination shots, or wider-focus garden shots. But that was just the first step; then we had to winnow out those that were out of focus, misidentified, poorly lit, or otherwise unattractive or unacceptable. Continue Reading →

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