Homeowners always want to know how to envision a backyard space of their own. I always tell them that creating an outdoor escape is really about three components. The first is education. I went to school for design and had excellent teachers that I still quote to this day.
The second is a knack for understanding flow. Some people are just good at spacial awareness and seeing the potential of the world around them. While this probably doesn’t sound helpful to someone who is struggling with his or her own garden, learning how to manipulate space can be learned if you know what to look for.
Finally, you need a lot of perseverance. There are too many gardens in my past that I wish I could do over again. I just keep trying to learn from my mistakes.
So for 2015, my gift to you is a little insight with your own space. For the next several articles, I’m going to help you look at your backyard and see its potential and hopefully help you get a little closer to creating it.