Well, pretty soon Garden Open Days will be arriving all over the country. Are you prepared? I personally feel the Open Days are a little too friendly and casual. I think we, the garden visitors, need to step it up a notch and that’s why I’ve prepared this powerful critiquing tool that you can bring with you to each garden.
Putting together this Garden Rubric was a breeze thanks to my 14 years’ experience in Professional Education, where I spend hours each day picking apart the creative work of others! Oh, but I must give a nod to P. Allen Smith, who supplied the categories I used for the rubric: Color, Abundance, Whimsy, Mystery, Enclosure, and Time (from his 12 Principles of Design). Thanks, P. Allen!
So print out this rubric and bring it along on your next garden visit! Along with a red pen and a judgmental spirit, of course!