The more design principles become ingrained, the more they are seen. The Leach Garden incorporates many design principles, often in surprising ways, helped along by nature doing so also. Thinking about design principles while touring the garden adds interest, although anyone can enjoy the gardens even with a cursory view. All those garden club programs, flower shows, and design minutes since I’ve joined garden club are starting to have a serious impact on my point of view while touring gardens.
Color: Our Handbook for Flower Shows points out yellow advances the most. Orange and red are also advancing colors. White is listed as advancing and some say white helps adjacent colors stand out better. Green, blue, black, and gray are all receding colors, called cool colors. Monochromatic colors are also appealing.
“Clean up your dirt!”: This principle is seen throughout the garden to advantage. Mulch and rock cover dirt and add to visual appeal by adding space, pattern, and texture, as well as decrease water needs.
“Put things together in threes or odd numbers”
Lines to give rhythm and direction as the design is viewed
Pattern and texture
A visit, and repeat visits, to the Leach Garden is recommended if you are in the area. A&M Garden Club helped make the Leach Garden a reality through monetary contributions and has participated in a community event for children to enhance the educational aspect of the garden. Some of our members are a part of the garden through their work on the A&M campus. Although I always enjoyed a visit to the old demonstration garden on campus that some might remember, the Leach Garden has those rectangular, mostly uniformly planted beds that were in that old demonstration garden, beat. More blogs looking at different aspects of the Leach garden are planned, so stay tuned.