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Where Formal and Natural Meet

Learn how to create a landscape with a sophisticated flair that’s relaxed at the same time

Fine Gardening - Issue 165

Everyone has been to a house that has a “do-not-touch” room in it. It might be a living room with plastic covers on the couches or a dining room with uncomfortable chairs and an oversize chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Sure, these rooms usually have a formal feel (which was what the home owners were going for, presumably), but they aren’t comfortable. These are the rooms that, in fact, usually see the least amount of traffic because they are stuffy. Formality, however, does have its place—both inside and outside of the house. Most folks want their home and landscape to have some level of sophistication. And because most architecture revolves around straight, clean lines, our homes inherently have elements that lean toward the formal end of the spectrum. But how do you honor that sophistication without your friends and family feeling uncomfortable?

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