Garden Designers’ Roundtable: Bouquets to Art

On February 13th, I went grocery shopping on my way home from work.  Right away I noticed things seemed different in the store.  Men.  There were lots of men. Oh yeah, tomorrow's Valentine's, I realized.  So there were the men-- old & young, fat & thin, hirsute & hairless, all kinds -- buying flower bouquets for... Continue Reading →

Is Designing Solo the Best Way?

In the Final Comprehensive of my Landscape Design Course, we had to work in teams of three. I was in a group with two other talented people (both professional designers), and our task was to redesign a small park on the campus of GW. We brainstormed. We sketched. We had meetings -- many, many meetings.... Continue Reading →

The Art of Abandonment

A few miles south of where I live there's an old DC prison complex which used to be known as Lorton Reformatory.  Several years ago, they shut the place down and transformed a few of the larger buildings into a new "Arts Center" where painters, sculptors, and other creative folks can rent studio space and teach classes. But... Continue Reading →

Putting the Garden Back in Sculpture Garden

Since we're on the subject of art, check out what DC's  Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden used to look like: No wonder they shut it down in 1979 for a major redesign.  Can you imagine what it would have felt like to be down in that place in the middle of July surrounded by all that paving, baking in... Continue Reading →

Garden Designer’s Roundtable: Art and the Garden

Take a look at the pair of images below.  What would you say they have in common? Now, I'm pretty sure the garden vignette on the right was not modelled directly after Thomas Cole's painting (on the left), but the two certainly do seem to share some genetic material, don't they?  The arches, the vines, the... Continue Reading →

Art and the Garden, Part II: Learning to See

All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso One of the more frustrating aspects of teaching school is being party to a system that drives the joy out of learning for probably nine out of ten students.  By the time students get to high school,... Continue Reading →

Art and the Garden, Part I: Early Mishaps in Art

This week Garden Designers' Roundtable is posting about Art and Sculpture in the Garden.  Even though I signed up to post this month, I have to confess that art and sculpture intimidate me a little, in the garden and everywhere else.  In fact, you might say that I am uniquely disqualified to give advice about art.  To preface... Continue Reading →

Christoph Niemann’s “Bio Diversity”

Enjoy these amusing botanical images from Christoph Niemann's wonderful book Abstract City.  Niemann is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and this book is a compilation of creative little sketches/visuals accompanied by Niemann's commentary, which is often hilarious.  This guy has a delightful imagination and a totally off-beat way of seeing the world.  I'd love to wander into his mind for... Continue Reading →

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