Artisan Gardens presents a design aproach which combines recognizable
elements of gardens from around the world, with a deep philosophical respect
for regional native plant, and rock associations. Regional context is held
to be synonymous with large scale native trees and shrubs, as well as lush
native perennial and evergreen ground cover. Large stone placement takes the
organization of the landscape a step further, providing the garden with
"bone structure". This mostly familiar background is now purposefully
contrasted by more exotic plantings, and even eclectic garden artwork
highly personalized furnishings found to be consistent with sound design
principles. Modernity is not eschewed, and certain highly regarded
traditions are likewise embraced and fathomed, leading to inspired garden-making.
A great garden begins with a simple, well organized plan. Circulation is
established as having a top priority. Pedestrian traffic helps define a
garden's over-all character. How do people get around in the garden? What
do visitors experience consistently in terms of plant material, objects (including buildings within the landscape), other people, and wildlife?
Special features such as ponds, and wildlife thickets also provide natural
obstacles for paths to contend with. Stone naturally contributes to this
framework while providing endless variety in color, texture, shape and size.
When covered with moss, and dripping with plantings these same stones are
rarely completely visible and yet seldom are they hidden.
The garden is seen as a place having multiple functions. It is a place to
gather friends together. It is a place for recreation and contemplation. It
is both resource and habitat, adding real value to the home. More than all
of this however, the garden is held to be a source for endless fascination
and spiritual renewel.