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8 Ways a Garden Can Draw You In

What's that beckoning from the far corners of the garden? Create a sense of discovery with cutouts, pathways, art and more Full Story
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November 27, 2013 at 8:39pm   
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Victoran,
The application, design approach and methodology can be the same no matter how big or small the space is. It is just a matter of scale and proportions that are different. I think this design approach and conversation applies better to small spaces, because the intimacy is there. Not that a large space can't be intimate.

I never want someone to see the entire space all at once when I'm creating a space, I want to encage them and draw them in to experience one environment after another, like walking into a home. Think about the views or focal points that are there already or that you want to create and have others experience. Think like you are walking through a maze and as you open a door or turn a corner, what you want to see.

Make a space appear smaller, but it is truly bigger as you leave one space to enter an other. Maybe you want to frame or force one view to create another later, no matter how dynamic or not the view maybe be. Off setting a view or room to force others to want to know and see what is around that corner or behind that hedge is a great way to draw others in. Create layers in your garden that have been staged and orientated to draw you in.

You are creating a journey that can and will be ever changing with the seasons. Using natural or artificial light is a very dramatic way to guide and pull you into a space. I love when my/other garden spaces go from layers of light to dark and back to light, due to the openness and closing of a space with trees and plantings that control the amount of light into a space.

Hearing but not initially seeing the sound of falling water draws you in. We are touching on all the senses, sight, sound, touch, smell and maybe even taste. So embrace the opportunity and don't let the scale or size of the space limit your thinking, goals and experience!!

I hope this helped!!
November 28, 2013 at 4:41am     
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