A storeroom of recycled paper beads at Gahaya Links, Kigali, Rwanda.
. . . And her voice is a string of colored beads,
Or steps leading into the sea. . . .
- Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Witch-Wife”
And change this Garden for a Paradise.
-- John Aubrey, from the epitaph for the Tradescants
Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.
-- Henry David Thoreau
I am struck by the parallel between [Piet Oudolf's planting plans] and the musical scores of some great orchestral colourist such as Debussy, where the complexity of the music can barely be contained on the page. The composer knows exactly the impact on the orchestral texture, for example, of introducing a few notes on the bassoon here, just as Oudolf knows the effect of adding another plant. The difference being that a composer can to some extent try out ideas on the piano, whereas the plantsman has only his memory and his sense of composition. It is hard to think of another creative arena where so much knowledge and understanding is abstracted and codified to such an extent; in the case of a planting plan, to be translated as a seemingly effortless expression of natural beauty in four dimensions.
-- Tom Stuart-Smith
Enclos*ure is my online notebook about the ways we carve gardens out of the larger landscape and create places of refuge, pleasure, and imagination.
I live in Kigali, Rwanda.
No day is right for the apocalypse.
-- William Matthews, from "The Waste Carpet"
A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
-- Thomas Edward Brown, from "My Garden"
I have a certificate in Landscape Design from George Washington University. I’m also a State Department Foreign Service spouse and have lived and made gardens in five countries in Africa in the last twenty-three years. I currently live in Kigali, Rwanda.
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