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When designing a garden that is interesting 12 months of the year, those of us who live in the northern half of the United States must carefully consider what our garden looks like in the winter. During the seven month growing season colors and textures abound, but in late October we cut back perennials, remove annuals and bring in delicate garden ornaments and furniture, thereby exposing the layout and structural elements of our gardens. Those elements form the backbone of the winter garden, and they lie in gazeboes, pergolas and garden sheds, as well as in paths, hedges, stonewalls, evergreens and lasting perennials such as ornamental grasses. Detail within that structure lies in winter-tolerant garden ornaments, as well as the form, line and color in twig and fruit of many deciduous trees and shrubs. Because we spend so much more time in the house in winter, view-lines from doors and windows into our winter gardens become especially important. In this one hour lecture, Gordon Hayward uses pairs of slides that both he and Richard Brown, a professional garden photographer, took to show around fifty different places in the Haywards’one and one half acre garden in both summer and winter in order to illustrate design principles you can apply to your own garden to give it greater winter interest.

ABOVE: A design for a garden in Southern New Hampshire.