VBD Garden Principles – Borrowed Scenery “shakkei”

Garden Principles

One of the many garden principles is Borrowed Scenery, or in Japanese garden design terms, “shakkei”. This is a technique of enlarging the visual scale of the garden beyond its actual physical boundaries by incorporating the trees and landscapes beyond.

Photo: Virginia
Here: Ryoan-ji Temple – the famous enclosed garden designed for respite from the world beyond and yet enjoyment of its enfolding landscape softening the surrounding wall and tile roof.

Photo: Richard Mandelkorn
Here: An example of a Virginia Burt Designs rooftop garden where the plants lead the eye to tree tops beyond, mimicking the wooded hills of the client’s childhood home.

About Virginia Burt
Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, healthcare facilities, and academic and governmental organizations. Virginia graduated with honors from University of Guelph in 1985 and worked in offices in Aspen, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario before founding Virginia Burt Designs in 1996.  Virginia’s love of the land, the inspiration for her work, began early in her life.  Growing up on an apple farm Virginia developed a passion for being outside and understanding the rhythms of nature.   For more than 30 years, Virginia’s design philosophy has reflected these roots, enabling her to create gardens and landscapes that reveal their natural context and sensitively reflect and support those who use them.

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