Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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THIS PAGE: The pool house features pops of pink and a photograph by fashion photographer Louise Dahl- Wolfe, while a pink McCartney Rose softens the stone of an antique sundial nestled in a hedge of golden yew. Moss fills a Chinese fretwork piece from the estate of Bunny Mellon with potted ferns and large- leaf begonias. OPPOSITE: She was so enchanted with the willow structures at France's Prieuré Notre-Dame d'Orsan that she asked the head gardener, Gilles Guillot, to create similar features in her own garden. PATIENCE IS REWARDED. I recall Lisa Stamm, who collaborated and guided me on our garden, saying, "Let's do climbing hydrangea on the oaks, and in five years it will look great." I thought, are you kidding—that long? I eventually realized I was going to have to grow old slowly with some of those trees. Now it has been over 20 years, and the climbing hydrangea just rocks on. STYLISTIC TASTES EVOLVE. In the beginning, I wanted that perfect English herbaceous border—my Gertrude Jekyll moment—with undulating color and a riot of blooms. The maintenance made me crazy. As time went by, I wanted to simplify my life. The more gardens I saw, the more I appreciated the glory of green, and what could be done in shaping it and the architecture of the garden. EVERYTHING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A LIFELONG COMMITMENT. Change can happen in pots. It doesn't have to happen in the ground. A cluster of containers in the right places allows me freedom to experiment. GRAND GARDENS CAN INSPIRE SMALLER SPACES. I love to visit great gardens in my travels, and I always bring ideas—and lots of photos—home. Even one espalier against a wall creates a story, structure, and shape that's interesting. You don't have to have an acre or a hundred. LET IT GO. In a garden, failure is part of the learning process. On a visit to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England, I was told that when something wasn't prospering, Vita Sackville-West [the famous writer and garden designer] would say, "Hoick it out." Cut your losses. APPRECIATE YOUR GARDEN FOR WHAT IT IS NOW. If you keep moving, you never allow yourself to just be in the moment. I get my best ideas when I slow down and let it be for a while. I'll wander around to enjoy and assess before I even think about tackling the next thing. LESSONS LEARNED IN THE GARDEN For more information, see Sources, page 84

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