Saturday, July 26, 2008
University of VA - Walled Garden
These gardens, masculine in design, formal, geometric and bordering two sides of of the Great Lawn, are enclosed by an undulating brick wall. Individual gardens can be entered through attractively designed gates or from the residence/building to which it is attached.
There were flowers in many of these gardens, many more filled with huge old trees and lots of shade. In total, I think there were less than 2 dozen gardens, some larger than the others. What struck us most was the incredibly INGENIOUS use of the space within the enclosed walls. Whether the land had a deep slope, was flat, or rose in small inclines, the garden design made excellent use of all of the specific features of the land. Pathways curved and wove around the property so that there was a feeling of 'expansiveness' even if the space was actually very small.
In this map (http://www.virginia.edu/webmap/ACentralGrounds.html) look toward the Rotunda ... if you enlarge the map you can see many of the pathways around each garden.
As we continue studying ways to best use the space for the Arboretum gardens, Jefferson will certainly play a role in helping us make the best use of our own space.
Emily and Nick come today so computer time will be limited. Arby is certainly keeping us entertained -- while we try to 'train' her to NOT climb the curtains -- SIGH!