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Elements of Art in the Garden

August 21, 2011

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Last week we invited landscape designer and horticulture specialist, Liz Ford to join us at Barn House to help identify the many varieties of trees and shrubs in our garden. I took photos of them as Penny made a master list to help identify the pictures with the names. Don joined in here and there with his own helpful comments. Liz identified trees and shrubs and also described some of the pruning, limbing and cutting back activities that would improve the garden. It took us a few hours to walk the entire three acres. We counted over seventy tree and shrub varieties. The day concluded with a bowl of Don’s homemade chili and we optimistically made an initial plan to begin work. Part of that plan included having a work party to do some of the specific tasks such as heavy pruning, opening vistas and removing dead plants. Let us know if you love to garden and we shall pass the date on to you.

While our ears were attentively listening to Liz, our eyes were taking in the vast array of greens, neutrals and vibrant flower colors. We noticed many different contrasting green hues in the landscape. There are so many unique lines, shapes, texures and sizes of leaves, flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs. So much contrast. Some areas beckoned us to look very closely while others wanted us to step back to take in the full height and majesty of the large trees. It was tempting to put down my camera and start drawing in my sketchbook. Hope you enjoy the slideshow of some of the pictures I took. Gail and Penny

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