Foreground 2017-notes

  • View
    21

  • Download
    0

Embed Size (px)

Text of Foreground 2017-notes

  • 2/5/2017

    1

    Project SOUND

    Out of the Wilds and Into Your Garden

    Gardening with California Native Plants in Western L.A. CountyProject SOUND 2017 (our 13th year)

    Project SOUND

    Foreground, Mid-ground & Background:

    vertical space and the well-designed garden

    C.M. Vadheim and T. Drake

    CSUDH (emeritus) & Madrona Marsh Preserve

    Madrona Marsh PreserveFebruary 9 & 11, 2017

    This year were featuring small gardens

    Project SOUND

    https://www.pinterest.com/ggmaas/exterior-home/

    Were going to be spending the next few months designing a small suburban garden

    Project SOUND

    The classic ranch house looks very much like many built from 1950-1970s

  • 2/5/2017

    2

    Project SOUND

    http://design-milk.com/backyard-blues-landscaping-yard-design/

    You know the kind of backyard were talking about

    http://www.artificialgrass-irvine.com/grassphotos/artificial-grass-installation-johannesburg-california/651/

    See the whole darned thing from the living room

    Side yard looks like a box canyon

    The best view is one never seen

    The configuration of the yard presents some design challenges

    Relatively large garage in front yard

    Proportionately large front yard currently not well utilized

    Narrow side yards

    Shallow, wide backyard one of the more difficult layouts to design around

    Funky, under-used patio

    Project SOUND

    65

    25

    First you need to consider two questions:

    1. Views for whom?

    2. Do you want your (small) backyard garden to:

    look larger than it is? or do want to accentuate

    the look of a small, cozy garden?

    or do you want a little of both?

    Project SOUND

    Start with views from indoors & from attached (to house) outdoor hardscape

    Views from windows Views when you open a

    door View(s) from the front

    porch Views from the back patio

    Project SOUND

    Look critically at the views from your windows, doors, porches do you like what you see?

  • 2/5/2017

    3

    If you have a two-story house, dont

    forget the view from upstairs

    Project SOUND

    A view for who(m)? : Public views

    Project SOUND

    http://gardkebun.website/7993/garden-design-ideas-southern-california.html

    http://imanada.com/nu/215538/garden/

    Outdoor vistas are more flexible within constraints Views from the street

    and sidewalk (public view)

    Views from the entry walkway (public view)

    Views from patio

    Any other vista you wish to define

    Project SOUND

    Get on out & look

    Views of garden(s)

    Include both public and private views both important

    Include (both important):

    Some views that are fixed or constrained due to relatively permanent hardscape (windows; doors; street; etc.)

    Other views that are more flexible

    Project SOUND

    https://ocjackie.com/2012/08/27/some-of-my-favorite-plants-for-so-cal-gardens/

    https://www.pinterest.com/ggmaas/exterior-home/

    The latter are more prevalent than most think and allow us to consider space creatively

  • 2/5/2017

    4

    First you need to consider two questions:

    1. Views for whom?

    2. Do you want your (small) backyard garden to:

    look larger than it is? or do want to accentuate

    the look of a small, cozy garden?

    or do you want a little of both?

    Project SOUND

    Which look fits your site, needs and concept of the perfect garden?

    Project SOUND

    Large and expansive (larger than the actual site)

    Cozy and contained (looks like a small garden)

    http://seeingdesign.com/projects/plants-for-lazy-gardeners/

    Lets view the entire private area as a blank slate

    Project SOUND

    Where is the optimal place for outdoor dining? Spa?

    What are the best natural views

    Are there any vistas (of faraway, pleasant sights)

    What can we do to make the whole look larger?N

    WE

    S

    Site characteristics suggest some functional areas

    Project SOUND

    Shade from neighbors house/ trees make shady spot for dining & seating

    Dining area should be as close to kitchen as possible

    The side of the neighbors house - ??

    Shady seating/ hot tub

    Dining

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/outdoor/21964/

  • 2/5/2017

    5

    Designers trick: unify with hardscape

    Project SOUND

    https://www.pinterest.com/quercusgd/garden-design-key-principles/

    http://www.gardenista.com/posts/steal-this-look-modern-brooklyn-backyard-on-a-budget/

    Note: designers also made these areas appear longer by echoing the sites longest dimension with the hardscape

    Lets connect the shady areas with hardscape

    Project SOUND

    Gravel hardscape allows access to both areas

    It also ties the two areas together

    And it makes a small space appear larger

    Shady seating/hot tub

    Dining

    We can make the entire area appear larger by using the same gravel throughout

    Project SOUND

    Use of similar hardscape materials: Makes the eye view

    different areas as parts of a whole design

    Makes small yards appear larger, more expasive

    The materials dont have to be the same just similar Same/similar color Same/similar shape

    Repetition

    Shady seating/ hot tub

    Dining

    Use the same/similar pathway materials to unify a garden and make it appear larger

    Project SOUND

    https://www.pinterest.com/juliettevanzyve/garden/

  • 2/5/2017

    6

    More tricks to making it look like you have more space (than you actually have)

    Divide the area up

    Corollary: Dont show all the cards in your hand at once create a sense of mystery

    Project SOUND

    http://www.turning-earth.co.uk/news/index.php/2013/

    Dividing our backyard space also gives the two areas a little privacy

    Project SOUND

    Separate the shady from the sunny area

    Add narrow screen

    Weve now divided the small yard into three rooms: Shady seating/hot tub Al fresco dining All the rest

    Surprisingly, the backyard seems larger than when we viewed it all as one room

    Shady seating/ hot tub

    Dining

    Lay out the proposed areas: walk them, sit in them, live in them

    Project SOUND

    http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/structures/how-to-design-an-outdoor-waterfall

    What else do we want to be able to do in our garden (besides soaking & eating)?

    Sit and read Meditate Do our exercises Have a cup of

    coffee in morning sun

    Bird watch Smell the aromas Enjoy a special

    view Write/paint

    Project SOUND

    https://lapelusodesigns.com/blog/

  • 2/5/2017

    7

    Placement of additional seating areas

    Should take advantage of site attributes: sun/shade

    Should make the most of significant vistas

    Looks best if well integrated into landscape

    Project SOUND

    https://www.pinterest.com/amanthawalden/gardens/

    Lets consider possible views in the main garden area

    Project SOUND

    What are the best natural views

    Are there any vistas (of faraway, pleasant sights)

    What can we do to make the whole look larger?

    Shady seating

    Dining

    Distant views OK

    Dis

    tant

    vie

    ws

    OK

    What are our key vistas? It depends

    Project SOUND

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/105130972531729525/

    http://rogersgardens.com/design-ideas/

    Features that might make a particular backyard view attractive

    Vista of far-away natural features (hills, trees, ocean)

    Neighbors trees and shrubs Attractive plants in your own yard A (potentially) attractive blank wall Pretty wall, fence, gate Other attractive hardscape expansive feeling enclosed feeling Anything else you like to see or feel

    Project SOUND

  • 2/5/2017

    8

    We add several small seating areas based on our assessment of the views

    Project SOUND

    What are the best natural views

    Are there any vistas (of faraway, pleasant sights)

    What can we do to make the whole look larger?

    Shady seating/hot tub

    Dining

    Distant views OK

    Dis

    tant

    vie

    ws

    OK

    Today were just going to focus on one area

    Project SOUND

    The area is viewed as a whole (for now)

    The area is relatively small (45 x 25)

    There are OK distant views (both directions)

    The area is sunny

    We want it to be water-wise overall

    We want to make the whole look larger

    Shady seating/hot tub

    Dining

    Distant views OK

    Dis

    tant

    vie

    ws

    OK

    Project SOUND

    Garden theme: Mediterranean style, water-wise garden

    What style of water-wise Mediterranean garden?

    Project SOUNDhttp://gardengates.info/category/landscaping-and-landscapes/southern-california-landscaping-design/

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/426364289694847260/

    Well feature S. CA native plants

  • 2/5/2017

    9

    How to design a life-friendly Mediterranean style garden

    Project SOUND

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/212865519863542396/

    that looks larger than really it is?

    Project SOUND

    contrast

    In natural settings, distant mountains/hills and trees provide a backdrop

    The same is true in larger gardens, and those located near wild lands

    Project SOUNDhttp://www.anglotopia.net/anglophilia/top-12-english-gardens-gardens-in-england-worth-a-visit/

    But what provides a background in smaller