Friday, July 10, 2009

Borrowing From Your Neighbors

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The best thing about this house is the neighborhood. We knew most of the neighbors before we moved in and if you have a dog you know what I mean when I say it didn’t take long to meet the rest of the neighbors.

Over a decade ago we purchased Uwharrie chairs Bob Timberlake design to go by our tennis court. I loved them. We later used them in the pool area and I loved them there also.

This, however, might be my favorite place. They set at the edge of property and in the Spring “borrow” our neighbors white dogwoods as a backdrop. It’s a perfect place to sit and watch the grandchildren ride their bikes (now that Pops fixed the training wheels).
Look around your own yard and see what “borrowed scenery” you might use as your focal point.

Borrowed scenery (from Japanese shakkei 借景, lit. "borrow/lend scene") is the principle of "incorporating background landscape into the composition of a garden" found in traditional East Asian garden design.

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