When we design and create our gardens there are many elements to consider, and one of them is the shape of the path and our choice of materials. A path can draw a viewer into your garden, offer a sense of mystery at what lies beyond.
“A garden path,’ write the landscape architects Charles W. Moore, William J. Mitchell, and William Turnbull, ‘can become the thread of a plot, connecting moments and incidents into a narrative. The narrative structure might be a simple chain of events with a beginning, middle, and end. It might be embellished with diversions, digressions, and picaresque twists, be accompanied by parallel ways (subplots), or deceptively fork into blind alleys like the althernative scenerios explored in a detective novel. Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
In other words, our gardens and theirs paths tell a story, our story. There are so many materials to choose from and our choices may be based on purely aesthetic reasons, although practicality can have it’s place in our decision making……will the area receive a lot of traffic? Is traction on our chosen surface an issue? Is it permeable if there are water or drainage issues. How do we want it to feel underfoot? Cost?
The choices are endless. You can use wood, recycled cement, mosaic tiles in addition to the above to make your garden path. I hope you enjoyed these ideas and hopefully a bit of inspiration.
I look forward to sharing some exciting finds with you all next week, plus some photos of another new rather large pocket garden. We should be done with it tomorrow and I can take some photos…..until then, I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. Laters, charisse