HUNTING FOR THE UNUSUAL
GARDEN ‘JUNK’ AND ART CAN ADD SOME REAL POINTS OF INTEREST TO A GREEN SPACE
Collecting garden junk is a pastime anyone would be happy with, that is if you’re not of the minimalist kind. Form and texture not only dictate the use of plants, they also have to do with the ‘props’ in a garden – big showy pots, a decorative water feature, a nicely placed garden seat painted bright red or a rustic old brick wall...
That worn-out comment of designers, ‘to draw your eye’, has some mileage left where something distracts your cruising vision and interrupts what you are looking at.
This may be good or bad, as a nicely thought out or planned garden will provide its own continuity of vision.
A rustic old wrought iron gate I saw in Mark Vowle’s garden at Freshwater certainly had a distractive quality. It just happened to be there and had no obvious purpose.
It was a relic of a garden demolition in Argentina of all places.
Someone had been doing garden tours looking for old bits and pieces, and filled a container with garden ornaments that had been chucked out from a suburban development in Buenos Aires.
I though this was a terrific idea and scored a pair of old double wrought iron gates from a demolition in Draper St, thinking ‘what a score’, only to find they were too rusted. They fell to bits before I could use them. But there are plenty of nice quirky things to use as a backdrop.
Try coloured walls and reinvent the trompe l’oeil technique of a painting on a wall or fence panel of a faraway land or seascape. Done well it can be a great art form.
I am still looking for the crass, quirky or just plain hideous to see how they may work in a garden – a handmade concrete pot or two from the 1950s, old terra cotta tiles and pots, park garden and bus seats, and even a good style of rubbish bin.
All offers and suggestions will be considered.