Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Big Ideas From Small Gardens ~Buffa10
Last summer a friend asked me if I could leave my garden....here for the post. Back then the notion of selling the house and leaving C&L was just a tiny possibility out there in an unknown future. The lovely gardens we visited during Buffa10 have nudged that idea to the forefront ... After all, I am an 'une femme d'un certain age' and feel ready to decrease heavy garden chores. I am also aware of a longing for a change~An urban garden in Nashville would be a big change from my acre lot in the 'burbs! Maybe, I am more ready to have a smaller garden then I thought. One with beautiful native plants and flowers complimented by evergreens shrubs and fun garden art. Gardens as attractively designed and as well thought out as the Garden District gardens didn't seem postage sized to me. In fact, they didn't seem all that small when you looked at what the gardeners have been able to incorporate into yards the size of many two car garages and suburban patios. In the photo above you can clearly see a well designed and intimate seating area that sat next to the fence lined driveway. There's plenty of space for a containerized Tiger's Eye Sumac, gorgeous burgundy leaved dahlias, Verbena Bonariensis and those spectacular monardas we saw in many of the gardens. The monardas in the above garden were tall enough to act as a privacy screen from the rest of the garden. Very nice.
There was so much color, variety and interest packed into the gardens that it was easy to imagine myself tending them! It wasn't long before I was visualizing how to go about creating intimacy and visual excitement at Clay and Limestone.
Could I create the room effect we saw in Buffalo through the use of colorful shrubs around my own paths and curves.
Would limbing the trees allow more light into the garden~Oh, to have those delicious sun loving perennials!
Could adding some vertical lines and 'different' focal points fit in the staid 'burbs of Nashville?
I don't know what will come from these musings, but, I left Buffalo energized and excited to start.
~and that's big!