12 Feb Creating Garden Tapestries (from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show)
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The information from the handout is right here:
Creating Garden Tapestries: Designer Tricks and Tips
In the tapestry tool kit:
In the garden tool kit:
Keep in mind
â€¢ Use of Color
ïƒ˜ Bold Application of a single color can be extremely profound
ï‚§ By this I mean analogous or monochromatic type schemes:
Red/pink (and within that there is a bluish red vs orange red)(Longwood)
ï‚§ Yellow, orange, white and shades thereof (Longwood)
ï‚§ Shades of blue (Lurie Garden in Chicago)
ï‚§ Shades of yellow, shades of red (Longwood)
ïƒ˜ Maybe you prefer a softer color palette? Pastels are well suited to the maritime areas of the Pacific Northwest. Fog/mist illuminate add a certain ethereal light to pale colors. It is YOUR garden. Rock it.
ïƒ˜ Complementary color schemes. A lot more â€œbusyâ€ than a riff on a single note. (Carolynâ€™s orange and blue)
ïƒ˜ This is what most of us get because we are plant
collectors, geeks, lovers! It is hard to say no. Harder to say no to a plant than a kid. Really.
ïƒ˜ Shading and tonal variations create incredible depth, very subtle, often not noticed. They do their job silently. Same as in tapestries. A dark green backdrop to a softer green will allow you to make the softer green pop. The eye will â€œreadâ€ the brighter color first. (Cabbage tapestry)
â€¢ Repetition: of color, form, and multiples of plants. In the words of the beloved Seattle garden designer, Linda Plato: simplify and repeat.
ïƒ˜ This is the key to creating a memorable garden tapestry. Repetition & threading the colors THROUGHOUT the garden.
â€¢ Always, always, always create or use something as a focal point: a giant urn, (Sun Valley blue urn)(Deeâ€™s red urn)an awesome vista (consider framing it), a water feature, etc.
â€¢ Create a line taking you to the focal point
â€¢ Change elevations to create a sense of â€œgoing somewhereâ€
â€¢ Texture/shape/flower shape: umbels, bells, cones, globes, swords, fountains, spikes. Thrillers, fillers and spillers. Fuzzy, shiny, pokey, gray, soft, fine and bold.
â€¢ Appeal to all the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. Grasses move. Aspen leaves quake and rustle. Backlit grasses glow. Lambâ€™s ears for feeling softness. Lavender = fragrance. Euphorbia = odor. Edibles for taste.
Cool tricks for creating color palettes for the garden:
ï¶ Make an electronic mood board. Or story board.
o In Picasa, find all the photos of plants you like.
o Click the little pin to hold them in the tray at the bottom of the page.
o When you have them all together, move them into a NEW folder, and title it: Plants I love or whatever.
o Then, go through, and create collages of these plants.
ï¶ No computer? No problem! Cut out the pictures of plants you like (use last yearâ€™s plant catalogues) and paste them on a poster board, using non-permanent glue and moving them around until you get a pleasing palette.
ï¶ Use Pinterest!
A handful of books to help:
Making Gardens Works of Art, by Keeyla Meadows
Fearless Color Garden, by Keeyla Meadows
Color by Design, by Nori and Sandra Pope
Malcolm Hillierâ€™s Color Garden, by Malcolm Hillier
Natural Companions, due out, March 1, written by Ken Druse . This is a real looker!
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