Finding Design Inspiration

February 4, 2021 Newsletter

February is the perfect month to make plans for the upcoming garden season. It’s always a challenge to narrow down your choices and make those final decisions, isn’t it? What plants to use, what color scheme, what style?  There’s a lot to think about.

In this week’s newsletter, I’m sharing resources to help you find inspiration for your next project.

Happy gardening,

Photo courtesy Maia C on Flickr

Toronto’s Music Garden

The Toronto Music Garden was created in 1999 by landscape architect Julie Moir Messervy in collaboration with renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma and the City of Toronto.  Her garden was inspired by Cello Suite No.1 in G  Major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Broken into six sections connected with a series of curving paths, the garden represents the 6 movements of the musical suite: The Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuets, and Gigue. Ms. Messervy explains that “… the six garden ‘movements’ flow from the different moods evoked by the music…”

Toronto Music Garden website

Virtual Tour of the Garden with the Designer

Listen to the music that inspired this beautiful garden

Photo courtesy of TERRA NOVA® Nurseries, Inc.

Terra Nova Nurseries Display Garden

If you’re looking for photographs showing clever plant combinations, check out Terra Nova Nurseries’ website. I stumbled onto their website quite by accident when I was searching for new shade-tolerant plants. The site is filled with tons of helpful garden information and inspiration.

It’s bookmarked on my computer for future perusing.  Here’s a sample of what you will find.

List of Featured Posts Providing Tons of Planting Ideas

5 Classic Heuchera Varieties to Try

The Amazing Pottery of Tracy Hervy

My latest obsession is Tracie Hervy’s hand-thrown pottery. Tracie describes her Bloomist collection as having all the superfluities stripped away to reveal their essence. The lines on this pottery are clean and minimalistic. Simply stunning work.

Tracie Hervy’s Pottery Available at Bloomist

Photo by Jan Brueghel the Elder – Kunsthistorisches Museum

Inspired by the Dutch Masters

Janne Ford is a UK-based floral photographer and stylist. Relying solely on natural light, she creates incredible floral images.

If you are interested in learning how to take better photographs, check out her blog.  She has a great article explaining how she creates still life images inspired by the Dutch Masters.

A Still Life Inspired by Dutch Masters

Resources and Tools

Three Dogs in a Garden – A great garden blog showing what to plant in your shade border.

Nachezglen House Curated Gardens – Offering curated plant collections you can purchase on their website. Shipping starts March 2021.

An Art Collector’s Garden – More inspiration to encourage you to get rid of your lawn and plant flowers.

Thanks for reading. If you found this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends and family. I’ll see you next week.  Until then, think Spring. It’ll be here before we know it.

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