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Garden as Tapestry
Are you a plant collector? Or is your garden based on a strict landscape design that you cannot disturb by adding plants, willy, nilly?
However you garden, you need to select the plants.
The plants can come from anywhere.
When you assemble them, you are making your garden a tapestry.
Stephen Harris wrote in his book Planting Paradise: Cultivating the Garden 1500-1900, “Any garden is a tapestry of botanical histories. Some plants are native, some have been introduced, and others evolved in the garden.”
When I think of a tapestry, I think of a mix of things, not just one item.
This garden [below] in a photo I took on the Almalfi coast is an example of nineteenth century carpet bedding with designs in colorful flowers and leaves. It aslo reminds me of a tapestry, or mixture of various plants.
In 1973 noted horticulturist Donald Wyman from Boston’s Arnold Arboretum wrote a wonderful article in Arnoldia called “art gallery dating.”
He said, “It is of interest to note that in gardens and landscape plantings of a general nature in the northern United States, half of the plants used are of oriental origin, a quarter are native to Europe and only a quarter are native to America.”
He was also making the point that our gardens are a collection of plants both exotic and native.
You might call it a tapestry.
What kind of tapestry is your garden?
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