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Article Series: Elements of Garden Design

In the spring 2018 issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, we began a new series of articles exploring the basic elements of garden design. The idea was to not only to discuss and summarize the design elements, but also to show them using lots of photos of actual gardens and planting beds.

Structure, by Phil Wood
Color, by Daniel Mount
Texture, by Janine Anderson
Scale and Proportion, by Richie Steffen
Unity, by Barbara Blossom Ashmun
Time, by Corinne Kennedy

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Designing Colorful Island Beds in the Garden, by Barbara Blossom Ashmun (Fall 2018)

Seattle Japanese Garden: Designed in the Stroll-Garden Style, by Corinne Kennedy (Summer 2020)

Designing the Centennial Summer Garden at the Arboretum, by Jason Morse (Summer 2017)

gravel pathway lined with Mediterranean plants

Shelagh Tucker’s summer-dry garden, Seattle (Photo: Phil Wood).

Construction Phase of Rhody Glen Stream Restoration Nears Completion

Construction Phase of Rhody Glen Stream Restoration Nears Completion

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Leaf Skeletons and Shadows

Leaf Skeletons and Shadows

PHOTO: Student on an Arboretum school field trip, with a skeletonized magnolia leaf (courtesy UW Botanic Gardens). The season of the dead is upon us, and in the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, the Miller Library's Rebecca Alexander answers a ghoulish...

Arboretum Celebrates Return of the Tsutakawa Memorial Gates

Arboretum Celebrates Return of the Tsutakawa Memorial Gates

The newly restored Tsutakawa Memorial Gates at the north end of Azalea Way.Our public celebration for the restoration of the Tsutakawa Memorial Gates on September 14 was a truly special occasion! A large crowd of visitors attended the late-afternoon event and enjoyed...