One of them was a gem of a garden… the gentle breezes, the blowing table cloths,
Secret nooks captured views… the knowledge that someone envisioned a plot of land and worked it for their delight and fascination…
Meet Frank Harmon…
His fascination with design, building, art, everything green is astounding! It is comforting that he pulls along the roadside to do a quick watercolor of Native Places weaving a sense of time, sense of place and the importance of honoring these Native Places… then shares them.
With all that is happening in the world, I wish more people spent time seeking time to reflect and think in a garden.
Time yields perspective – thank you Frank for this lovely piece…
A COLLECTION OF THOUGHTS AND IMAGES BY FRANK HARMON
Gardening with Others
There’s been quite a ruckus in our town this summer about building a modern house in a historic garden district. Someone who lives across the street from the modern house sued the architect. The neighborhood is divided, pro and con, and nerves are getting pretty jangled, causing one opponent to say, “If this house is built, it will be the end of the Christmas Candlelight Tour!”
It’s time to sit in a garden.
A garden such as this one in Charlotte, North Carolina, planted by Elizabeth Lawrence over half a century ago. Lawrence grew several hundred plant species in a space about the size of a tennis court. She loved plants but her floral diversity was criticized. “I cannot bear for people to say (as they often do) that I am better at plant material than design. I cannot help it if I have to use my own well-designed garden as a laboratory, thereby ruining it as a garden,” she wrote. Yet visitors come from around the world to admire her garden.
Elizabeth Lawrence could have arranged her garden with plants that looked like her neighbors’. Instead, she spread a mosaic of flowers.
Read more about Elizabeth Lawrence .
Visit Frank at Native Places and Frank Harmon Architect, AIA.
Enjoy – living the EntwinedLife with Gratitude to know Frank!
NC Certified Environmental Educator
Garden Conservancy Regional Representative
JC Raulston Arboretum Volunteer
As a California native plant enthusiast, it is interesting and satisfying to read about native plants that are not “mine.” Lovely post. -Valerie
Thank you from the other coast! So many plants to learn.