today i gave a lecture to the tamu women’s club garden interest group (GIG) called “refreshing an established garden.” it’s been a while since i’ve lectured, but it went pretty well… until the ceiling-mounted projector at the library (yes, THAT library) went caput about 2/3 into it. no bother… i engaged the audience in a little q&a while we waited for an intern to rescue us from our technical malady, but eventually i just turned the laptop around and continued on the small screen.
i found it coincidental that the garden designer’s roundtable (#gdrt) was blogging about the same thing today – renovation and restoration – so even though i’m not a participant in that group, here’s a few tidbits that i shared during the lecture. i was even able to use some of the images i took in dallas at the garden writers association conference (#gwadfw), so consider this post an introduction to what i promised earlier.
gardens have structure. work with what you have:
evaluate the space for your needs and find ways to bring your personality outdoors:
incorporate your treasures, collections and found objects:
bring in a new color palette:
and reconsider tactile elements:
considering these elements help refresh an “established” garden from this:
remember that all renovation projects take time… probably more than you’d ever anticipate. but in the end, if you’re able to bring your own sense of style and personality into the mix, it is well worth the effort. users of the space will see and appreciate it… hopefully for years to come.