Garden Ornament

Given the idea of directing the eye, and visually moving through a space, a well-placed garden ornament can provide accent and weight in a garden, commanding the eye to pause and take notice.  As we visually move through a space the way we might move through a drawing or painting, think about creating beats or resting places for the eye to light.  We want to create visual pauses.  Most ornaments, because they are solid and static and man-made, create a tension between and provide contrast to the livings elements around them. The tension of conflicting elements of hard and soft is interesting, and it attracts our attention. Ornaments can range from the simplest element –a small concrete rabbit by my garage entrance and planter,

Darnell/Thiel Garden

to an exquisite statue gracing a bed, (this photo was taken at The Bartlett Garden in Stamford, CT)

The Bartlett Garden

to a well placed urn. (Photo taken at Bunny Williams garden in Falls River, CT)

Bunny Williams Garden


About christinedarnelldesignstudio

Christine Darnell Design Studio is a landscape and garden design studio in Chester, CT. Imaginative plant combinations characterize the work with an artist’s eye towards texture and color. A strong commitment to environmentally considerate design runs through the practice, the support of local nurseries, and guidance towards the most environmentally sustainable materials and products. Adjunct Professor, Horticulture Dept. of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT , Wetlands Commissioner for the Town of Chester, Vice President, APLD, Connecticut Chapter.
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