When people hear that I’ve hired a garden designer, they seem a bit shocked. They stare speechlessly at me. Their mouths drop open. They are incredulous! They assume that a love of gardening and growing plants implies that one is also adept at designing a garden.
Then I explain that though I love to garden and grow plants, I don’t have a good eye for design. They get that. They know me, they see me in the world and nod their heads in agreement.
Hey, wait a minute! I know that the big plants go behind the little plants. Isn’t that all there is to garden design?
Hardly! I hired a garden designer because I am acutely aware of the way I think and what my tendencies are. I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment at work and know what my preferences are.
And I’ve had all that therapy with Dr. Hortfreud.
I also know what I want in a garden design: Wanderability, Placeness, Well-Plotted, Gardimacy, and Hortiful.
And I recognize that I need help from others to have a garden design with all those characteristics.
My contribution? Well, when I saw the bags of mulch and compost dumped on the driveway, I immediately had the urge to stack those bags up all nice and neat. I didn’t, of course, because I didn’t have time, plus the garden designer would have shown up and thought, “How odd.”
Let’s keep that tendency our little secret, okay? I don’t want the garden designer to think I am some kind of neat freak. One look inside my garage will show that I’m not terribly neat, especially in May, but I do like a bit of order, and hoes, did I mention those?
Anyway, forget the hoes for now. Does anything bring order to a garden like a good design? I think not.
Pictures to follow soon of before (how I design a garden) and after (how a garden designer designs a garden)