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This lively one hour lecture comes out of Gordon Hayward’s most recent book ART AND THE GARDENER. It explores the visual language shared by painters and garden designers. By juxtaposing a painting and a garden image on the screen simultaneously, Hayward explores the many levels of similarity between how the painter and garden designer compose their images. Both use elements of composition to construct their images: visual itinerary, defining depth, creating foreground/background, light and shadow, focal points, pleasing contrast, framing, contrasting textures and forms, balance, the roles of line and color as well as positive and negative space. By juxtaposing works by such painters as VanGogh, Degas, Renoir, Thomas Cole, and Childe Hassam and many others with gardens from across America and England, Hayward provides you with new ways to look at your garden, and art.
   Hayward first gave this lecture for the Art in Bloom program at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1995 and has been presenting it in art museums, botanic gardens and garden clubs nationwide ever since. This lecture enables gardeners to take a fresh look at their gardens.

ABOVE TOP: Landscape by Charles Francois Daubigny
BELOW: The pond at Mt. Cuba Gardens, Greenville, Delaware