Pauses Along the Way

Strong transitions make moving through a garden a satisfying experience.

By Shirley Remes


how to create flow in the garden

Make a Statement

The first, and most obvious, way to announce a new space is to create an entry. At the top of Nyquist’s circular driveway he placed an ornamental iron arbor that can’t be missed. It frames a vista of the garden, extending an invitation to enter.

To draw attention to the entry of a different garden area, Nyquist uses containers, and in another instance, he built a frame around a door.

“I needed something at a spot going around a curve in the yard from one garden into another,” says Nyquist. He found a large, antique-looking door in California, brought it home, and then built around it to make it self-standing in the yard, creating the passageway he needed from one area to another.

Adding recognizable features at human scale, such as the doors, arbors, and benches that Nyquist uses, is like placing magnets in a garden, says Bob Hursthouse, a landscape architect, horticulturist, and lecturer in nearby Bolingbrook. “We relate to them. That’s why every garden should have a bench,” he says.