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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


Garden Photo of the Day

10 Great Garden Photos of 2014….

January 24, 2015
Allium ‘Millenium’ by Laura McKillop

What makes a great garden photo? Anything that delights you.

But if I had to put my finger on it – salient aspects would be the quality of the light and the richness of color. And composition figures prominently.

That said, here are some memorable photographs that have been featured in this year’s ‘Serenity in the Garden’ blog posts.

My criteria? Whatever grabbed my eye as I perused the photos..


moongate by Richard Hartlage


Andy Goldsworthy Spire, San Francisco






Blue Moon Bridge by Virginia Small



Meadow flowers



Baptisia Purple Smoke, Bluestone Perennials



Jan Johnsen, landscape design



From the film, Being There