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Garden Designer’s Roundtable – Getting From Here to There September 27, 2011

Path: Definition – Course or Way. Synonyms: aisle, artery, avenue, beat, beaten path, boulevard, byway, cross-cut, direction, drag, footpath, groove, highway, lane, line, pass, passage, pathway, procedure, rail, road, roadway, route, rut, shortcut, street, stroll, terrace, thoroughfare, track, trail, walk, walkway.

You can certainly look at getting from here to there from the broad perspective OR in close detail. Enjoy the collages of pictures that I gathered for you to look at getting from here to there from a few different vantage points. :-) 

Sometimes getting from here to there means focusing on the short ends of coming and goings like entrances and exits. 

More home landscapes are trending toward emphasizing the street view of the front garden with very unique and interesting entry paths and gardens. 

Creativity and artistry are shown with different materials for gates and railings that help to define the personality of the garden or homeowner’s style. 

The wide variety of path and walkway selections for materials are as vast as your imagination can envision. From decomposed granite, ground covers, brick, wood, lawn, mulch, cork, slate tiles or log rounds, you can create a path that defines your personal style and suits your environment. 

Adding beautiful places to pause and appreciate craftsmanship and artistic expression make the walk even more enjoyable! 

Repetition by using design cues and long visual lines carry the viewer along the path.

Details can make or break the design and stick in the memory of those enjoying the garden. Decorative, dramatic and unique elements make a garden memorable. 

A viewpoint at the end of a path is a dramatic and memorable component of getting from here to there. 

Grand paths create vista points in large gardens. Pull over and take a picture! 

Exits and entry’s can be unforgettable even for a casual garden. 

Sometimes a hidden garden is on the other end of the path!

Getting to this quaint seating area is a lovely experience with this well-groomed informal pathway. 

Please take some time to read and invest a comment or two in blog posts (links below) written by other Lords and Ladies of the Garden Designer’s Roundtable and most especially our esteemed guest posters Debra Prinzing and David Perry

Debra Prinzing & David Perry:  A Fresh Bouquet

Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX

Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT

Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In The Garden : Los Altos, CA

Jenny Peterson : J Peterson Garden Design : Austin TX

Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ

Susan Morrison : Blue Planet Garden Blog : East Bay, CA

Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

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22 Responses to “Garden Designer’s Roundtable – Getting From Here to There”

  1. Wow. The hardscapes, the plantings, the sculptural pieces and the lighting… this is a thought provoking post for me. Thank you.
    Oh… by the way, the photographs were excellent!

    • personalgardencoach Says:

      Thank you Sheila. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my post and most especially my pictures. I take a lot of pride in putting together pictures for each post that are descriptive, entertaining and maybe even inspirational!

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  5. What an interesting post Christina! The images are wonderful, and really capture many aspects of movement in the garden. Great job!

  6. A pathway can–and should–be about so much more than just getting from one place to another, as your post illustrates so beautifully. Nicely done!

  7. Debra Says:

    hi Christina, nice gallery of photos – I’d love to visit each of those gardens!
    thank you, Debra

  8. Wow your fotos would keep me perpetually on the move – such a great feast for the eyes. And how beautifully you have outlined the huge creative potential of paths.
    Thanks so much, Christina!
    Best
    R

  9. What a treat to sit down for awhile and look at all of your beautiful photos. You always put together such inspiring collages – ever think about writing a book? ;)

  10. Catherine Says:

    Really enjoyed this post and all those inspiring pictures!

  11. Beautiful photo’s…..Someday there will be a book………..by Christina Salwitz

  12. You’ve captured so many wonderful details in your photo collection here! Thanks for the great ideas!

  13. Lisa Says:

    This all makes me drool!!! I love how things don’t always have to be overcomplicated or perfect!! Alot of what I see is here is just nature enhanced. While I love the gorgeous pottery and unique plants I love the photos of things left slightly on the wild side. Thanks ‘Coach” for sharing all of this! The naive gardener

  14. carolyn Says:

    You missed one Christina -the 12 oaks lining the path to Tara :-) This is an incredible array of paths and one as beautiful as the next. You really should do the book.

  15. Wonderful pictures! The (liquidamber?) allee bursting with fall color is absolutely spectacular! Would love to see that in person.

  16. safedrugs Says:

    Christina,
    Fantastic visual guide! I can’t believe how much information you shared. The images speak volumes.
    SHirley

  17. Speechless. Those were all awe-inspiring pics of the various landscaping sections–entrances, walkways, sidewalks, stairway, exits. I particularly loved the street lined with outrageous red foliage. Really made me smile and those lanterns in the grass. Great highlight idea.

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