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Choosing Stone and Hard Materials: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Choosing Stone and Hard Materials Choose a Family of Stone and Hard Materials from the Beginning. It will save alot of problems if you considerately select the set of stone and hard materials you will be using together for your ‘palette’ before you begin to design your projects in any detail. You are […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 5 / Shaping Your Landscape

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 5 Shaping Your Landscape Seeing the Shapes The details of whatever you will be making are often best sorted out functionally and visually where they will come into being. Whether regarding stone projects, wooden structures, garden bed shapes or individual tree and plant placements, opportunities and problems will show themselves with […]

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Designing Your Views: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 6

Chapter  6 Designing Your Views You can lead the eye wherever you want to. Control Your views. Work around existing features Make whatever you add complementary to what you already like and will keep in the place. Plan to erase whatever does not please you. When you are designing your views, through your design, you […]

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Landscape Design in Snow

DRAWING IN YOUR SNOW Taking time over the drawing phase of your landscape making journey, whether in snow, on sand, lawn or paper, will strongly influence the quality of the choices you will ultimately make in the design of the things for your landscape. Drawing in snow is a pleasant way to get thoughts going […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 4 / The Logic of your Property

Landscape Advisories Chapter 4 THE PATH TO UNIFIED LOGIC As with almost everything, thinking in relationships will lead to unity in the outcome. Any piece of your place that you alter or create affects other parts of a complex whole. Good design solutions come from looking for the best combined placement and shaping of the […]

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About Ellen Cool and ‘A Reasoned Landscape’

ELLEN COOL Designer, PhD Biology,  Author @ AReasonedLandscape.com STONE GARDEN DESIGNS INC. Landscape Composition, Stonework. Garden Design, Creation, Restoration. With 34 years of Immersion in the Work of the Land. stonegardendesigns@comcast.net Garden Visits by Appointment 781 856 5600 19  Circle Street, Marblehead,  Mass  01945 “As time went by I realised that the particular place I had chosen […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 2 / Approaching Your Land

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 2 Approaching Your Land A Year of Observation Many of the plant materials and sylvan creatures of our northern landscapes appear and disappear through the course of the seasons, so it will require a year of observation just to fully see who lives on your land. You will want to know […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 3 / Deletions are First

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 3 Deletions are First Start with the Givens. For the design of the all the work, from built work to plant work, you may first want to carefully consider which features of the property will or will not be altered. The features that definitely remain are your ‘givens’, fundamental in directing […]

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Begin Before the Beginning

” The Red Queen gave Alice sage advice on storytelling when she said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on until you come to the end, and then stop.’ But it is advice that I seldom follow. I usually begin somewhere before the beginning; write until the beginning identifies itself; and I always run the stop […]

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