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Landscape Design – A High Calling

October 1, 2015

cascade – Jan Johnsen design

“The world is moving into a phase when landscape design may well be recognized as the most comprehensive of the arts.” 

 Geoffrey Jellicoe,

‘The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day’ 

Creative ideas don’t just come out of thin air – they are an amalgam of what we have learned and used in the past. By looking at other cultures’ traditions and their approach to the natural elements you can enhance your garden immeasurably.

by Bill Bensley, Thailand

A garden maker should look to landscape designers of the past and present and learn their design philosophies. Never stop learning.

The English garden designers such as Russell Page, Arabella Lennox Boyd, and Gertrude Jekyll stand side by side with their counterparts in the United States, Canada,  Japan, South America, Thailand, Indonesia, Hawaii, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy,  Holland, Germany,  France and India in my world.

blue moon bridge at les quatre veints, Canada

I borrow from new and old unabashedly and thank them all for their inspiration, guidance and insight.

To co-create with Nature and walk ‘the beauty way’ is a high calling, indeed.

dorset settle by Arabella Lennox Boyd

 

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