This past September I attended the APLD annual conference in California, where we had the opportunity to tour a wide variety of gardens in the San Francisco area and Napa Valley.
The following residential garden was a wonderful example of how to use art in the landscape. The home belongs to a retired couple, who are avid art collectors, and have created a garden to display their (often whimsical) art collection.
What I love about this garden is that it is deeply personal; and it truly represents the couple and their passion for outdoor art. It wasn’t a highly “designed” garden, but rather a place to wander about until you happened upon a new treasure. The garden plantings focused on ornamental grasses, which provided a stunning backdrop to a variety of art.
|A metal cauldron from India, turned into a water feature – artist not identified|
|A sculpture tucked into ornamental grasses – by Mavis McClure|
|Iron shoe casts used as pathway edging|
|“Sunbathers” relaxing on the back lawn – by Mavis McClure|
|Totem set amongst beautiful backlit grasses – by Ken Hepburn|
|A trio of ceramic poles provide color and a fun vertical element – by Sally Russell|
|“Ciclista” greets visitors at the door – by Venezuelan artist Eleanora Tuegues|
Decorating an outdoor space is much like decorating an indoor room; incorporating treasured items, that are meaningful to you, adds depth and interest and makes a space feel truly personal.