Landscape architect Phillip Merritt, of Hertzler & George in Williamsburg, recently posted a video on his blog, howitgrows, showing his landscape design approach. Taking a house and garage on a small city lot, he has digitally transformed the outdoor property into a functional and pleasing extension of the indoor space. We fly around the digital video viewing the property from all angles, including peeking through windows from inside the house.
I was intrigued with Phillip’s video. I am guilty of using little restraint in my gardens. Instead of a firm design plan, I depend on my instinct with all its shortcomings. Lovely plants from various nurseries catch my eye and they go home with me. Right now I have perhaps 6 shrubs waiting for me to decide their fate in the garden. It would be great fun to have a digital wand to wave over this property to correct mistakes and provide symmetry, balance, and all the elements of good landscape design. Instead, I am mentally reviewing my landscape with Phillip’s tips in mind. I think I can see future rooms and lines of sight that are waiting to be developed. Thanks for the garden design tutorial, Phillip! I know I have a long way to go.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester