I am a huge Martha Schwartz fan. I will never forget the first (only) time that I met her/heard her speak. It was at a Society of Garden Designers event where she was invited to speak. She gave a fantastic presentation, but I suspect (besides her) I was probably one of the only other American in the room and she left me sinking in my seat — just a little.
When I lived abroad I frequently had this issue with being hyper aware of the behavior of people that I encountered from my own country. I think it had something to do with feeling like an outsider and trying to fit in, (and also, to some extent, becoming assimilated enough that I saw things through different eyes) and when I was around other Americans I always felt their behavior reflected on me way more than was rational. Anyway — Martha swore alot in the presentation. I am not a prude when it comes to four letter words, but that day I cringed like crazy. The whole thing makes me laugh now, but that day, I thought surely the Brits in our company, with their better English, would be mortified. Perhaps they would run us both out of town. But really no one minded — and they sure as hell didn’t give two thoughts about me. (ha!) The thought of the whole scene and reliving my feelings makes me smile in amusement at myself and the admirable guts and unapologetic nature of Martha.
This garden has everthing I love about Martha’s work. Bold strokes, interesting materials, and elements used in unexpected ways.
In order to see the whole slideshow of the entire garden, with the audio of Martha talking about the design, hop over to the Fine Gardening website.