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Designing a Tranquil Garden

Simplifying the color palette and embracing natural elements can create an oasis of well-being

Fine Gardening - Issue 167
My ideal garden is a serene place, one in which I feel connected to the natural world through rich, sensory experiences. It is a place that generates a sense of well-being. Creating a diverse, densely planted, layered garden with some mystery and some surprise is the intention. Drawing from some of my most memorable experiences in nature, I want the garden to provide a habitat for insects, frogs, birds, and other creatures while also being a space for people. These have been the goals I have worked toward in my Glen Echo, Maryland, garden. I have found that creating a peaceful garden comes from setting the mood from the first step into the garden and carrying it through with a soothing color palette, an easy pace, and a variety of sensory experiences. Serenity in the Suburbs Click illustration to enlarge A garden can be a place of calm reflection even…

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