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Report From PIA – April 28

Beautiful gardens don’t just contain many flowers. It can be argued that foliage color and texture is more important to good garden design than bloom. Including big leaves, small leaves, grassy and colorful foliage is valuable, and when solid materials such as wood or stone are included to contrast with all the foliage, the garden is likely to speak to our hearts.

Foliage First should, perhaps, be every gardeners mantra.

If we think of adding a variety of textures to our lives, what would that mean? We think of texture as being the tactile quality of a surface, or the distinctive physical composition or structure of something. Texture has to do with how things look and feel.

Our lives function better with a variety of looks and feelings. We need times of rest to offset busy periods, and interludes of calm to contrast with times of stress. All success or failure isn’t nearly as interesting as experiencing a combination of both. The yin and yang of life is infinitely more engaging than all of one or the other.

Perhaps we should begin each day by asking what the predominating texture is in our lives right now, and how we might add other experiences that add contrast and balance.

Some large leaves, some small. Foliage that is spiky, round, long or short. Purple, yellow, silver, bluish, light green and dark. Does it take variety to make a garden come alive?

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