Little Gardens; How To Beautify City Yards And Small Country Spaces

Little Gardens; How To Beautify City Yards And Small Country Spaces

by Charles Montgomery Skinner


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ISBN-13: 9781446081419
Publisher: Read Books Design
Publication date: 08/18/2011
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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Ill THE COUNTRY YARD In the yard of the village house—not the summer villa with its acres, but the country home of country people—there is room for more diversity and opportunity for larger effects than in town, for the yard is moderately sure to be larger than that of a city house. The possibilities of beauty and interest in gardens increase as the squares of their area. Yet I think that the same rules for garden-making hold in the country as in the town, namely, that there should be simplicity instead of extravagance, masses instead of scatterings, law instead of lawlessness in respect of color and form, and that there should be a focus, or point of interest, or constructional center. In the country, however, the point of interest need not be in the ground itself. If your house commands a view of a conspicuous mountain, or an expanse of lake, or a handsome clump of wood, or a prospect of a village with a white spire rising above the trees, this can be the focus: the point toward which the lines of your garden will tend. A picture has this dominant note of form, light or color, and its other parts are subordinate to this. If it is otherwise, the effect is confusing, for instead of a balance of light and shade there will be a hundred little lights and shades, each demanding the same attention as the rest. Such a picture tires one after a little while. There is no repose in it. We may not admire a street, for it may be shabby, crowded, discordant in color; but the convergence of its architectural lines toward the vanishing-point reduces it to a certain simplicity, which in itself is dignity, and creates a subtle satisfaction. Far finer are those vistas where thevanishing-point is intercepted by some object of beauty, and where the perspective is marked, not by buildings, but...

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