is a powerful emotional element in a work of art. I have spent a lifetime
trying to figure out exactly what plant colors do..."
a lecture Hand gave at a NARGS Winter Study Weekend in North Carolina,
Ward wrote: "I became simultaneously amused and mesmerized
as Harland Hand rolled around on the floor among pieces of colored construction
paper explaining how to "see" plant combinations in the garden
using his simple method."
the concrete was finished, I became intrigued by the color relationship
between it and the surrounding plants. There seemed to be something
very special about the way the colors sharpened and gave drama to each
relationship of these dark and light colors reminded me of the grey
granite glacial formations of the high Sierra. The area of the mountains
near Silver Lake with its
strong color contrasts between the very light grey granite and the dark
islands of conifers, was one giant, dramatic dark and light garden.
I decided to use the strong dark and light contrast of that powerful
landscape as the color motif of my garden."
Color Garden, by
Harland J. Hand
Reprinted by permission
Horticulture, Spring 1978, Vol. 39, No. 1).
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