So as I currently have copious amount of spare time (which I should be spending grading) due to February break, I thought I would throw up a quick list of books and the gardens in them that have inspired me to get into this project.
In “The New Decorated Garden” by Elspeth Thompson and Melanie Eclare I saw the garden of Elizabeth and Tony Duquette, a bizarre and completely over the top oriental looking garden made largely out of found materials. I know I could never come close to this look, but one needs something to strive for.
The Duquettes garden: http://tonyduquette.com/dawnridge.htm
Ms. Thompson’s own garden also made me want lots of huge plants, plants that flap like sails in a breeze, plants big enough to hide under in a tropical downpour, plants that, in fact, seem almost big enough to ingest innocent passersby. You get the idea.
Ms. Thompson’s garden as seen in another of her books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/1844031004/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link