Landscape Design page 2

The Anatomy of a Good Landscape Design – Page 2

Commercial/Residential Design

The Blueprints for this Landscape Design included curving pathways and a double faced waterfall. The curved walkway, which leads to the entry, repeats the curvature of the entry lounge. Additionally the back side of the waterfall is fully viewable from the lounge/vestibule area.

Trees are so important to the composition of any good Design. Their textures and colors and tracery form the backdrop to your Design “set”.  The trick in choosing Trees, is first to consider what role they have to play, and secondly how many virtues and how few vices you can combine in a plant that is going to loom so large for so long in the Design schematic.  The Thundercloud Purple Plum Trees shown here, which flower in April and May with hundreds of pink blossoms, showcase the smaller plum bushes prunus japonica. Eventually the trees will form an arbor over the Walkway.

This Landscape Design was nominated for an Award from the city of Wallingford, Ct.

John Martin & Associates of Torrington, Ct. was the genius behind the aluminum clad building.

Hylva Inc of Meriden, Ct. were the general contractors.

Hand Drawn, Calibrated and Hand Colored Blueprints

The blueprint below was drawn for the Torrington, Ct. Historical Society. One was in black and white and another hand colored.  The latter emphasized the color flow around the buildings which was designed for three season color and winter sculptural effect.

The Process:

Gwenythe  proposed that an overall Landscape plan/design would include a plot plan, a blueprint and colorized parchment  for the archival records of the gardens as planted during the time they were planted and cared for by Gertrude Hotchkiss.

Modus operandi:

An excerpt: Unity will be a primary goal in the replication and additions to Gertrude’s garden layout. You may better understand this term as the application of consistency and repetition in a design. Repetition creates unity by repeating alike elements like plants, plant groups, or decor throughout the landscape.Consistency creates unity in the sense that some or all of the different elements of the landscape fit together to create a whole. Unity can be achieved by the consistency of character of elements in the design. By character, I mean the height, size, texture, color schemes, etc. of different elements. The design elements should flow one from another. I call this technique a ‘weaving’,which when successful unites the whole.

The Curator of the Torrington Historical Societies Victorian era ‘Hotchkiss-Flyer’ museum had this to say about the Design: “Gwenythe b. Harvey has an artistic vision that is clearly evident in her Designs.  Her sense of color and design, as well as her use of materials, has resulted in spectacular creations. “

Goshen, Ct. site ‘ Harmonic Convergence’

What an Adventure and a Transformation!

Chock full of boulders and snakes but with a spectacular lake front

A blueprint with all plantings along sides and framed by the Owner of the property. The transformation can be seen on the slide show on the archival site at

Lots of wildflowers and shade plantings were utilized through out the property. some of the boulders were put to use in step-cascading a creek and a setting of terraces and a stone table.