There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.
~ Gertrude Jekyll
It’s easy to find inspiration in these words from Gertrude Jekyll, her efforts have inspired many to create beautiful gardens, to look upon any patch of ground and imagine the possibilities! There is a hidden message in this quote however, and it lies in the effort needed to create and maintain these beautiful spaces.
Ms. Jeckyll uses the word “tamed” to describe the efforts about to be undertaken, and tamed is appropriate, as any gardener will tell you. Nature abhors order. Chaos and aggression reign without the steady and constant hand of the gardener.
Today, the members of the Roundtable take a look at the efforts a gardener must put forth to “tame” that chaos, efforts so often overlooked during the exciting process of creation. Efforts, when practiced, reveal the beauty hidden in each “spot of ground”.
Follow the links below and see what our designers have to say!
Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA
David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM
Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT
Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN
Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK
Mary Gallagher Gray : Black Walnut Dispatch : Washington, D.C.
Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ