Y O U R H O U S E, Y O U R G A R D E N
A Foolproof Approach to Good Garden Design.
The idea that your house is the center of your garden is not just an aesthetic notion, but also a
practical tool. In this one-hour lecture illustrated by 80 pairs of slides, Hayward shows how your
house can help you design front, side and back gardens, as well as gardens between buildings,
gardens in an ell or courtyard, or gardens centered around outbuildings. Your house, with its
doors, windows, materials, style, dimensions and proportions, offers no end of clues to help you
develop good gardens around it. Doors give rise to paths, terraces and sight-lines; windows frame
views of those paths and gardens. Initial design ideas from the house then join up with those
generated by outbuildings and other built structures–an existing terrace or deck, a gazebo or
pergola, a garage, even driveway edges–to help you create a coherent landscape plan that
seamlessly links house to garden. Hayward also provides ideas for dealing with the visual problems
that center around air-conditioning units, cellar door bulkheads, electrical meter boxes, propane
tanks, wellheads and others. This lecture comes out of Hayward’s fifth book, YOUR HOUSE YOUR
, published by WW Norton, Spring, 2003.
ABOVE: My design for the Dunbar garden acknowledges the lines and
style of their house in southern Vermont.