12 Principles of Design Photo Slide Show

It's hard for me to believe, but we are starting to work on the ninth season of my half hour show P. Allen Smith's Garden Home.  We've covered a lot of ground over the years including following the construction of the Garden Home Retreat from start to finish. 

For this next season we will go back to the basics and focus on how my 12 principles of design are applied at the Garden Home Retreat and how they can be translated to other gardens. 

As part of the concept development I walked around the Garden Home Retreat and took photos that illustrated each of the principles.  

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12 principles of design

by Terry Ensign on June 20, 2009 02:45
I am so glad that you are going to feature your twelve principles of design. I am a new viewer and a relatively new gardener. I am anxious to learn more about the design features to make the 8 gardens and 5 garden rooms in my modest yard more pleasing. I particularly love the pictures and your explnanations of how different vistas embody specific design principles.

12 Principles of Design

by Douglas McTaggart on June 16, 2009 11:33
Congratulations and thank you for the news regarding your program's 9th season taping. Like a gardener waiting for springtime, I am already looking forward to the broadcast of new episodes. Thank you too for your piece, The 12 Principles of Design. It was very helpful to me. While I've gardened since I was 10 years of age and developed some skills and experiences since then, it never hurts to ground oneself through a return to basics where all good ideas are rooted. The images you've shared are inspiring and the principles discussed motivating. This afternoon, I am going to go "free range" (my term for living with no cell phone, land line or blackberry) and spend a few hours in the garden and do nothing more (or less) than think about what exists and if there is an opportunity for change that incorporates or better demonstrates the 12 principles of design... Already an idea has sprouted into mind: For two entry points into my flagged garden dining area, I think I will look to construct 2 wooden plinths (in a fashion like the square columns of a back porch featured on your program) on either side of each entryway. Atop (well above eye level), two cast iron urns will be anchored into place. They might be planted (tall, round, trailing) or fitted with shallow pools for birds to bathe. Either way, each will present its own form to create a sense of ceremony around dining (when entering) or after dinner lounging elsewhere (when exiting) but between the two, the empty space and/or negative shape of the plinth and urn will frame the views facing into or out from the garden room. To create a sense of time and age to the urns and plinths, I may even distress the Victorian reproductions and new constructs with a painted patina. All these thoughts coming from your piece, The 12 Principles of Design, and I haven’t even left my desk let alone found myself in the garden. I suppose Thoreau was right. Sometimes thought can be more valuable than we think... It can allow us to grow "like corn in the night" with it being "far better than any work of the hands would have been." Thanks again.

12 principles of design

by Judy Manning on June 15, 2009 07:13
The pictures, in addition to your explanation, made clear each principle of design to the reader. Thank you for enlightening us! I am a Master Gardener and a Garden Gate Garden Club member in Forrest City, AR. I have attended many meetings on design, but I still have left finding many of the elements elusive. This clarified all of my questions! Thank you! Judy

9th season of Garden Home

by Carol Dupuis on June 14, 2009 12:44
Can you tell me when the new season will start and on what Public Channel? I live in Massachusetts and used to catch the show on the Create Channel but then they either stopped airing it or changed the scheduled air time and I haven't been able to find it in quit some time. I so enjoyed the show and got so many ideas for our own yard from it. Thank you. Regards, Carol Dupuis

12 Principles

by Oksanna on June 14, 2009 11:57
I have your book, "Garden Home" and it is my Bible. I go back to it again and again. Thank-you for educating me about designing a garden. Not only are the photos inspirational, but the advice is the best I've ever read. I've been applying those principles for a few years now, and my garden is slowly beginning to take shape. I'm thinking about rooms, and enclosure, focal points, entry ways, creating rhythm, etc. all the time. I love the same colour palette that you do - lots of blues, lavender, pinks, and gray-green foliage. I just planted a Sarah Bernhardt peony - my favourite flower. Thanks so much, Allen. I also love your philosophical interjections and quotes from literature. I'm writing from the Toronto area in Canada. I'm really looking forward to your shows! Great idea!

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