Framing the View
**Preface** I originally thought about and wrote this post yesterday and just as I finished typing the very last word my lap top battery fried and I lost the whole *%&^#ing post so if these thoughts seem disconnected and you have a sense that something is missing I am blaming it on the hardware. Remember kt savesaveÂsaveÂsave.
"The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair." Â Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ironically within the last day or two I found myself starring out one of my kitchen windows feeling very satisfied with the view, turned on P Allen Smith only to listen to him discuss the topic of Framing the View, and lastly a New England forum member who shall remain nameless (idabean) has been unsuccessfully attempting to send me a beautiful photo taken from one of her windows (who knows perhaps if we are lucky we can cajole her into posting a photo here on Garden Web.).
Now that the fall season has officially arrived and most of us will be spending increasingly more time in doors it might be a good time to consider the view of our landscape from inside our homes.
Framing the View within the garden is one of P Allen Smiths twelve principals of design and he has this to say about it;
Framing the View - Directing attention to an object or view by screening out surrounding distractions while creating a visually balanced and organized composition.
Â The goal of framing a view is to draw attention to an object or scene.
Â Framing the view can achieved by opening a sight line to the desired subject and screening out surrounding distractions.
Â Views inside or outside the garden room may be framed.
Â Windows and doorways inside the house serve as frames for outside views.
Mr. Smith suggested that we use our cameras as a garden tool to look closely at the views from each of our windows and doors. You might also play with the zoom and wide angle to try eliminating some things in the garden and take note of what then is highlighted in your line of sight.
Another landscape architect (long forgotten who) suggested that the landscape needs to be an extension of what is happening inside the home, for example you would never want to plant an informal veggie garden outside of a very formal dinning room window. As nothing in my world comes close to the definition of formal this is not an issue for me but I am guessing this makes quite a bit of sense for those with more stately homes.
Did you originally layout your landscape with the views from indoors as a primary element? Have you like me been focused on hiding views like your driveway or your neighbors trash cans? Or have you been free to create a vista that solely draws the eye to a fabulous focal point? Certainly the larger your property is the simpler creating a beautiful view can be but apparently even a person with a small garden can borrow a distant view. Have you borrowed a view? Would you share some photos of your landscape from inside your home that you are either happy or unhappy with?
I am happy with the view from this window for most of the year although I am still working on improving it in the winter.
The view from this kitchen window makes me shudder every time I look through the window and hopefully will be very different by next spring. *Dee note that the sassafras and saplings present the biggest problem here.