7.30.2013

Water as an Element


 nat kirkman
For those of you following along on my last few posts you will know that the theme I have been writing on is" Elements in a Classical Landscape". With that said, the fourth element and for me the most exciting one is Water.

 Water,  first used by the ancient world for irrigation weaving its way though fields of agriculture creating pattern upon pattern of design. Over time this gave way to the decorative pools and ponds we know today.

Water adds a decided element of classic traditionalism to any landscape.
It adds the energy and intensity needed for a good design . It has the ability to create calm and tranquility as well as light and life. It offers sound as well as repetition with its reflecting of nearby elements. It adds movement as well as life to its surroundings.  It also has the ability to cool the atmosphere around it dropping the temperature by degrees.

No matter what the size or source water magnifies and enriches  the pleasure of the gardens around it.


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 faux hemian
 ave of 100 fountains
 sheepdog rex
 chelsea garden show
 turbotwister
 glorup manor denmark
 juniperhill
 land8
 thinking outsidethe box
 veranda
 versaille tumbeler
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monica wolfe
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7.26.2013

Happy Friday!

emere chic

Wishing each and everyone a restful weekend.

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7.25.2013

Symmetry


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At the core of universal design is Symmetry. Classic Design is no different. Holding to the theory of  "man's dominance over nature" it is symmetry that creates the balance and calm order needed to create this effect. 
 Repetition and mirroring  add to the strength inherent to a classic landscape. This can be achieved by both radial symmetry as well as bilateral symmetry. Radial symmetry being elements radiating from a center focal point, and bilateral that of mirror imaging. Both serve to add  balanced harmony.
 This has been  achieved in the examples below with not only specific  repeated shape, but with repeated plants and accessories, mirroring and matching as well. So as not to create a static design, something that symmetry can sometimes do, focal points have been used as well as geometric shapes to help the design as well as the eye move and flow.

stellamccartneysgarden
garden-collection
100layercake
bourtonhouse
eelectricrevisited
enchanted home
wollerton old hall
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7.18.2013

geometry


Second on the list of classic elements for  your garden is geometry.  Circles, squares, triangles and rectangles added to line is what creates the timeless design in the photos below.  

Created with paving, walls, plantings and water, these geometric shapes soften line and add flow and lyricism to the overall design.  They allow movement and at times lead the eye in the direction the designer intends. If there is a curve , the eye will naturally follow it. 

 Once these elements are in place, repeating the shapes in 3 dimension with topiary, and or sculpture, help not only to add additional interest but strengthen the overall design, elevating it to another level. 

 Repetition is what gives us the sense of  controlled uniformity as well as balance. so adherent to classic design.

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