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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

The natural garden: some things that can be done when nature is followed instead of thwarted,   pp. 113-118

Page 117

             THE NATURAL GAll 1)EN
feeling of free woods and meadows than of
a primly kept enclosure.  The trees were thin-
ned out just enough to allow plenty of air and
sunshine and the sense of space that is so
necessary, an(l, for the rest, were permitted
to grow as they would.      As Nature never
makes a mistake in her groupings, the different
varieties of trees fall into the picture in a way
that could never be achieved by the most in-
genious planting.  Such shrubs and flowers
as have been set out are of the more hardy
varieties that belong to the climate and to the
soil, and the vines that clamber over the low
stone garden walls and curtain the walls of the
house seem more to belong to the wild growths
~f the hillside than to have been planted by
man.   \Vhere there is a path or a flight of
steps the course of it is ruled by the contour
of the ground so that the whole impression is
that of Nature smoothed down in places and
in others encouraged to do her very best.
  These pictures, of cotirse, are only sugges-
tive, for in the very nattire of things this kind
of a garden cannot be made by rule, as no two
places reqtlire or will admit the same treat-
ment.  The only way to obtain the effect de-
sired is to cultivate the feeling of kinship with
the open country and with growing things,
and so to learn gradually to perceive the orig-
inal plan.   After that, all that is needed is to
let things alone so tar as arrangement goes,
an(l to work in harmony with the thing that
already exists.
  Most fortunate is the home btiilder who can
set his house out in the open where there is
plenty of meadowland around it and an abund-
ance of trees.   If the ground happens to be
uneven an(l hilly, so much the better, for the
eardener   has  then the best of all possible
foundations to start from and, if he be wise,
he will leave it much as it is, clearing out a
little here and there, planting such flowers and
shrubs as seem to belong to the picture and
allowing the paths to take the directions that
would naturally be given to footpaths across
the meadows or through the woods,<paths
which invariably follow the line of the least
resistance and so adapt themselves perfectly to
the contour of the ground.
  In connection with these garden pictures we
give several illtistrations of the effect of an
abundant growth of vines over the walls of
the house and arotind its foundations, and also
show in one picture the result that can be
obtained by allowing a fast growing vine to
form a leafy shade to the porch that is used
as an outdoor living room.   The lattice con-
struction of the roof admits plenty of sunlight.
     ra         I ~e LraTrsman, .uecembar, 1907.

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