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March 2013

27 Mar Worthy of Words Wednesday 3.27.13 – Symmetry, Shears, Planning…

Every once in a while I take a photo that deserves a little discussion; that makes it a perfect candidate for “Worthy of Words Wednesday”! The following photo is of a landscaped (and I use that term lightly), area in front of a gas station in South Windsor, CT.

I’m not a huge fan of symmetry in landscape design, unless it’s used in a very formal design and the location is apropos.  In this vignette we see how symmetry, combined with the inartistic use of shears, lack of care, and failure to plan for plant growth, have produced an eye sore that obscures the view of the station. No disrespect to the creator of this planting, but we see too many instances like this when a landscape designer should have been consulted. Having this planting properly designed would have saved the property owner years of maintenance fees, the hopefully soon to be incurred renovation fee, and would even have drawn attention to the station.

Which is better kids, attract customers or shield their view?

Symmetry, the use of shears, and the lack of planning, have created an eyesore that obscures the view of this business.

Symmetry, the use of shears, and the lack of planning, have created an eyesore that obscures the view of this business.

 

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