What makes Craftsman home and gardens perennial classics? The inherent dignity of understated elegance.
Aliotos, on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, opens
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The United Kingdom lowers the age of women's suffrage from 30-21
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The National League accepts the Designated Hitter Rule
Herbert Hoover is elected President of the United States
A craftsman house is the child of architecture and nature. Instead of fighting for dominance, the elements respect each other. In tone. In simplicity. In careful curation of a multitude of materials.
The craftsman movement rose as a rebellion favoring the restoration of manual labor following the Victorian era's massive industrialization. Broad porches, creative brickwork, abundant use of natural and honed materials: homes and gardens are not stark in any fashion.
The past 20 years was a time to reimagine the challenges of an older home into opportunities to improved on the timelessness of design. A long strip of land next to the driveway was filled with roses and perennials. The simple brick edging, a levee preventing the bark from muddying up over the straight stretch of driveway surfaced in river pebbles.
The porous surface driveway encourages water to percolate into the groundwater table rather than slide into the low-lying garage or scampering off to the ocean as wastewater.
Is there anything more glorious in the garden on a hot summer day than to rest beneath the forested canopy of a single, well placed tree? To listen to wind rustle leaves and birds calling to each other?
Skiring this ancient camphor tree with river rocks, elegantly solves the issue of the inability of either ground cover or pavement to battle gnarled roots with grace.
Art. A simply carved plinth of wood marks the entry to the rear garden, which was designed with large dogs romping about in mind.
Is this Eve? The sculpture naturally calls the eyes to rest on a deliciously cool garden vignette.
All gardens should have a bit of humor. Two talavera iguanas across the pool put smiles on visitors faces.
Betwixt and between the pool and the garage, the homeowners carved a spot for edibles. Citrus, rosemary, sage huddle together, their aromas filling the air on hot days.
Okay- my knowledgeable readers- that little bee-like creature happily munching at the basil- what is it?
The true test of a garden's depth of beauty is not measured in how it looks from the curb. the test is when you are leaving: did the garden resonant with your being?
The gentle crunching of gravel beneath my feet, my spirit felt a peace in understanding that it is possible to create places of timeless beauty. Both architecture and gardens can remain vital companions to contemporaries of different generations.
Thank you to Alan and Gail Malturn for opening your garden. Those who entered, we were blessed to behold what you have created.
Until we meet again, Thank you for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful!
* Events pulled randomly from Historyorb.com for 1928