The “GOLDEN Principle of Design” - - - - - Editing
On November 14th to 24th of 2010; Gardens at Waters East posted the Ten (10) Principles of Design used throughout the garden property. More detailed information and photos about each principle can be found by checking the archives for those posted dates. The principles listed there are the following:
1. favor the use of “indigenous” material 2. develop seasonal interest 3. make inside / outside connections 4. highlight perspective and borrowed views 5. use a variety of structures 6. create multiple “garden rooms” with seating areas in each 7. display objects of interest and art --“focal points” 9. showcase native plants 10. mix a palette of colors and textures
Held back at that time of the November postings was one remaining principle which Gardens at Waters East calls - - - - -
“The Golden Principle of Design”
People in the design profession say that the true designer knows how to “Edit” a space. In decorating inside or out, it becomes easy to add this item or that item. We like this, we like that, so we end up adding it into our house or garden. We bring this or that home and put it some place where it may add to the overall design as we see it at the time. Nice.
However, there comes a time when a person may need to look at all that is “there” and ask honestly, “Is the addition of such and such, adding to the design or detracting from it?” Professionals in design say that the real test of a designer’s art is the ability to “edit”. That is, to remove items from an area. It is far easier to add than to remove. Getting to the core items of a designed area, allows each piece selected to have more value in the overall space. Whether in the home or in the garden, editing takes real skill. More is not always better in design. Professionals tell us that less, and the ability to “edit out”, is the real sign of any designer, and might I add, gardener. As with the rooms of your home, the rooms in your garden may need a bit of editing.
It was Leonardo da Vinci who said: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
It seems fair to say that these are insightful words of advice
from a very respected source.
Words to think about as you move through your space both inside and out. Is there so much that nothing is seen? Are your senses so overloaded that your mind gets burned out trying to take it all in? Editing out is a skill that most of us have to work at. It is not easy to keep, to choose that which enriches the area, and to remove that which makes it all to overwhelming. All the objects and items, or varieties of plants and bushes, may be great to have, but too much can be like having “horticultural diarrhea”!
For the Gardens at Waters East, editing is a ongoing effort. Having the right balance of all the things and plants the gardener loves to have, and keeping it simple enough so that each and everyone has its “place in the sun”, takes some deliberate planning. It is a skill that takes years and is constantly needing work. In the Gardens at Waters East, there is this ever ongoing “battle” to “edit”, which probably is the case with most gardeners.
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