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Botanical Garden Design Inspiration

Getting Design Inspiration for Shape, Texture and Color from Nature

Jen, Erica and I took a winter trip to the Botanical Garden to hang out and also to get shape, color and texture design inspiration.

Jen and Erica
Jen and Erica

Texture

Summer gardens are all about the color.  It is easier to see texture in the winter.

A fallen log
A fallen log
Fronds of grass
Fronds of grass
Interesting tree bark
Interesting tree bark

Shape

Shape and structure are also more apparent in winter.

A leaf floating in the water
A leaf floating in the water
Buds: The shape of spring to come!
Buds: The shape of spring to come!

In the greenhouse, cactus shapes are fascinating:

Star-shaped agave
Star-shaped agave
I love the round cacti in the center
I love the round cacti in the center

And many other greenhouse plants had exciting shapes:

Such a simple and elegant shape!
Such a simple and elegant shape!
Sweet
Sweet shape

Color

The greenhouse also provided some color inspiration:

Warm lilies, cooled by white and green background
Warm lilies, cooled by white and green background
Shades of pinks on green
Shades of pinks on green

Even outdoors, the winter color palette was amazing.

A full palette of natural colors
A full palette of natural colors
Oh, that NM sky!
Oh, that NM sky!

…And, a Dragon

I really, really wish this lived in my front yard!  Seriously.

The dragon that guards the Children's Garden
The dragon that guards the Children’s Garden
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