I have start with apologies, I have meant to write so much more often than I have been able to, since being here in So Cal. I don’t know if you have missed Studio ‘g’, but I have. Wanting to write and have my peaceful time to revel in garden design and not getting it can make me a bit claustrophobic. We have been visiting family, and up until today, both sides of our family have been here so I have had less time to myself. We don’t leave for a couple more days, so I hope that I can spend some time here online as well as around the area checking out the nooks and crannies of LA that I have never turned up before.
Being here in southern California, is so inspiring, it is still warm, things are green, and I have all the optimism of a spring gardener. The cycles of the seasons, being so much more subtle here, are fooling my mind into thinking about all things lush and lovely rather than what I know will greet me on my return to Boston (Snow??). I have a few more days to revel in it, and revel I plan to do….
Joseph Marek is a local designer whose gardens are really inspiring me at the moment. What I am loving about his style is the layered in details. Color threads really flow through; plants and flowers match walls and furniture fabrics; containers and accessories tell cohesive stories. There is no lack of places for your eyes to peacefully settle on something lovely.
These portfolio images also have me thinking a lot about something else. The fact that they are so beautiful is not natural. Gardens never look this perfect in real life, and like most all magazine photography, these are images that took a lot of time and work to create, probably by professional stylists. They are a bit of an aspirational illusion that are difficult to achieve and maintain, but I think worth the effort to try.
It has me wondering how many people out there are not just stylists, but specifically garden stylists? – Professionals that work hard to prepare a garden or landscape for this type of photography. Are you one? Do you know anyone? I would love to interview a few of these people for some professional pointers.
In the interim, I will continue to study these lovely gardens, admire Joseph’s work, and learn from a master.