Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hues of green evoke serenity in Austin garden on Open Days tour

The Yvonne Tocquigny and Tom Fornoff garden, featured on this weekend's Garden Conservancy's Open Days Tour,  evokes a sense of serenity as you stroll through its simple combinations of grasses, vines and water features.
Simple yet strategic views draw you into the garden with a series of gates, paths and courtyards.
The beautiful gray-green hues of Dichondra, Silver Ponyfoot, create a gentle contrast for the other lime and grass-greens of the garden.
The entry courtyard includes this simple, Zen-like water feature, surrounded by strappy crinum leaves and fine gravel.
The garden was full of berkley sedge - providing a caress of beautiful texture throughout the vignettes.
 More contrasts with the berkley sedge - younger, smaller plants, and the silver ponyfoot.

The garden is also full of a variety of trellises - like this metal and wood one, set out 8-10 inches from the wall.  It supports the rosebush, but it's also an artistic focal point on its own.
 Beautiful lanterns were mounted right onto the wood and metal trellis.
 More contrasts surround this inviting bench -- both in textures and in hues of green, and a Japanese Maple thrown in for a pop of color.
 The water feature in the back courtyard has an old-world charm, and is surrounded by simple plantings of t=ferns and irises and papyrus.  Ferns also dot the decomposed granite pathway, growing up out of the ground at our feet.
Another trellis creates a wall of plant art to add to the sculpture of the courtyard.
Peering into the fountain through the fronds of the papyrus creates another combination of contrasting hues of green.

This was a beautiful and intentional garden - complex, even in its simplicity - a peaceful place to while away the hours. 


gwenniesgarden said...

Lovely pictures !!!

Pam/Digging said...

This was one of my favorites on the tour -- so serene yet also interesting, even with a limited plant palette.

Desert Dweller said...

The outside entrance shots, and the back with the bench - exquisite! Enjoyed seeing it through your lens - tied my favorites of any garden tour in recent memory.

Diana said...

gwenniesgarden - thanks. It was a lovely garden.

Pam - Yes, it was so subtle but still striking.

Desert Dweller - Thanks. I really did just want to plop myself down there and read a book!

kacky said...

Thanks for the tour! I didn't get a chance to go this year. Great photos!!

Shirley said...

This was a beautiful garden, very calming.

You got a lot of great shots of the overview. You clearly had more patience!

Diana said...

Kacky - It was a really good tour - liked all the gardens a lot.

Shirley - Something really spoke to me about this garden.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

That is so peaceful. Wish I were there to walk with you. I just love Dichondra. What a great plant. I think I'll use it as edging for some beds this year.~~Dee

greggo said...

less is more.

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Very beautiful garden, so relaxing and calming. Thanks for the great photos.

Victoria Summerley said...

What an amazing garden. It's very restrained and with a very limited colour palette and yet so powerful in its impact. A lesson to us all that less is more.