So, an artist, a curator, and a designer walk into a garden (part II)

3
Then
Then

Here’s an update on an interesting front garden concept I introduced last year.  (I promised to follow up!) This project by a local curator, artist, and designer is called Territory of Collaboration. Organic shapes and plants suggested by the artist were combined with the ideas of the designer; another overriding intent was to echo in some ways the circular turret and painted arch found on the Victorian structure.

 

Now
Now

Curator Claire Schneider is a friend of mine who’s mainly interested in food gardening at her own house. But for this property, which she also owns, she wanted to do something different for passers-by to enjoy. It is in a pretty part of Buffalo, along Bidwell parkway, one of several thoroughfares designed by Frederick law Olmsted for Buffalo’s park/parkway system. Schneider worked with artist Al Volo and designer Matt Dore.

then
then

After over a year, the perennials (mainly grasses) and small shrubs have filled in a bit. There is a succulent mound that’s coming in well, and the corresponding depression behind it is surrounded by spiky forms that contrast well with all the rotundity.  I also like the cultivar repetition between the spaces on ether side of the sidewalk. This works particularly well with the fountain grass.

Now
Now

On the other hand, it’s probably more formal than I would ever go for, but, then, everything is. (If it were me, I’d likely have the big tangle of tall cosmos I saw down the street—that is, if I didn’t have my maple plantation.)

Now
Now

Overall, I say well done, and look forward to seeing it next year.

Previous articleInside the White House Rose Garden “Memory Book”
Next articleSolace from the Garden at Night
Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com

3 COMMENTS

  1. I like the echoes of the architecture in the bed shapes. I’m curious, how will that succulent mound fare over the winter? Will it have to be replanted in spring? I wouldn’t expect them to be able to take your winter temperatures.

    • There are a number of these that are hardy here, but I don’t know much about it as I don’t grow them myself. I know lots of sedums are.

  2. From my view of the succulent garden, they all appear to be hardy and likely to come back in spring. You could also try “hens & chicks” (sempervivum) which come in many colors and styles!

Comments are closed.