I would rather have three weeks of a flower I love than months of one that is commonplace.
Every gardener who has an interest in heirloom plants must learn to live with mystery.
What you plant in your garden reflects your own sensibility, your concept of beauty, your sense of form. Every true garden is an imaginative construct, after all.
Fantasy makes all gardens grow. Without it you may have yard, plot, park, grounds, but you lack the essential ingredient of garden, the element that seizes the imagination and transports or envelops you into a world invented by the gardener.
Gardening may well be one of the world’s most important fantasies.
Dreams, not desperation, drive people forward to plant gardens.
Aren’t our gardens assembled fragments of our dreams and daydreams, our memories, images, and visions, remembrances of times past, fantasies, pieces of paradise we try to re-create?
A blossom in winter is worth hundreds in spring.
Our design philosophy can be summarized like this:
Make the most of a site’s features
Integrate the structures and the garden
Have themes that tie the areas together into one garden
Change evolutionarily rather than with grand landscape designs
Another guiding principle is to garden within your own personal budget of time and money. Much of gardening is maintenance, and regular maintenance determines whether the garden survives or not.