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A simple garden screen idea

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Every once in a while, I stumble upon something in a garden that I have to document and file away in my folder of “stuff to do one day in my garden.” Several years ago I spotted this series of simple fabric screens outside the public restrooms at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I was struck by their simplicity and the bold statement they created. Unfortunately, I still haven’t thought of a way to incorporate something similar in my own garden. One day…

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  1. ncgardener 10/22/2010

    I wonder what they are screening? Or maybe it is a sculptural screening?

  2. MJH714 10/22/2010

    Not sure about this. They look like they might be for sale or are waiting to be washed. Cannot read the small sign in front. Are they screening the entrance???

  3. DirtyGirl 10/22/2010

    Ooooooohhhhh, so beautiful. Ethereal. Look at the delicate flower/delicate light combo. Are the screens fabric? Is it permanent? (Having grown up in Minnesota, I'm guessing it's not.) Maybe it is a screen. In that case, it's functional art!

  4. MichelleGervais 10/22/2010

    I got the feeling they were just an interesting, temporary decorative feature. They were definitely fabric, and I think bamboo poles.

  5. CristinaGardens 10/22/2010

    At first glance the screens looked like glass, but when I enlarged the photo I realized it was white fabric. Looks lovely...but white cloth in a garden?

    I had visions of muddiness or at least daily spraying with a hose. LOL!

  6. catsdogs 10/22/2010

    I thought you could hold up those plants with that, somehow, laundry? Ha. Something different, and unique in its own way.

  7. sheilaschultz 10/22/2010

    An artistic alternative to a container filling an empty spot? A lot of potential for creativity...

  8. ktPA 10/23/2010

    Like it. DOES ANYONE KNOW how I can add this photoe and article/blog to My Favorites and thereby save iot for future reference? I don't see an icon/option for it and can't figure out how--maybe it's not possible,but that would be too bad.

  9. OGRose 10/27/2010

    Hmmm, I wonder if it could be used as a screen against the west sun, using some other type of material. I have a strip along the north side of my house that catches about 2 hours of scorching west sun in the summer. Use a little imagination to make it look attractive for the front of the house to protect lower growing plants.

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