It’s nearly June and gardening season is in full swing. Spring is a great time to consider two really important points for a fully contextualized planting bed. First, there are the flowers themselves. Flowers are the aspect of most people know and desire for a space. The second element however, is how to frame the flower so it is more alluring and compelling. The bloom of a flower needs to be accompanied by fullness: this is important to create drama as well as to have a full garden before and after the bloom. In my opinion, this is critical to a successful planting. For the bloom to take on a dramatic character where the colors and shapes are magnified, the garden needs to be a stage for the flowers to shine. With the right background for your flowers, they transform from simple plants into a heroic protagonist of nature’s theater. You get what you want with more intensity and beauty.
Over the winter, I worked with a bunch of incredible people (from the PTA to the recess committee to teachers and the principal) of the South Mountain Annex Elementary School in South Orange, NJ to create a master plan for the entire property. The master plan was developed to do three things: address water issues onsite, create learning opportunities for the students and to bring nature back into the space.
The goal is to make this blog a resource for helpful tips and sustainable ideas. I create original content that shows projects in progress and the behind-the-scenes of installation. And, I try to have as much fun as I can doing it.