T H E W I N T E R G A R D E N
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.