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Making A Rock Garden
written by "Adams, H. S. (Henry Sherman), 1864-"
...mation is complete. A rock garden with water is a rock garden glorified. Wherever possible, without injury to the main scheme, the garden[Pg 12] should be brought to the water. Failing that, bring the water to it, if this is practicable; which can be determined when the site is picked out. [Pg 13] THE WORK OF CONSTRUCTION Spring is the best time to make a rock garden. When the important matter of the proper site has been put in the past, a definite scheme must be planned. Upon the definiteness of this scheme, much of the success of the rock garden will depend. Here desire will have to be subservient to the situation. It is not so much what you want as what is best in the circumstances. Do not attempt slavishly to copy the rock garden of some one else. All the money in the world would not create an exact duplicate for you, since nature has made no two rocks precisely alike. Study them, of course; get all the ideas you can. But study first, and most, nature—more[Pg 14] particularly its ways in your own neighborhood. Anywhere there is abundant opportunity. Take a leaf or two from the book of the Japanese gardeners. They are past-masters of the art of making rock gardens, with a bit of water thrown in. They make use of comparatively few blossoming plants, but their example is invaluable in the disposition of rocks with simple effectiveness, in the simulation of height and distance, in the proper employment of turf, and in the planting of such small trees and shrubs as are suitable for a rock garden scheme. Measure carefully the space at command, and then lay out the plan on cross-ruled paper. Call each of the little squares a square foot and the labor will be made easy. Next, figure out a good entrance, and, if possible, an equally good exit—the one invisible from the other.[Pg 15] Then outline the main path, which should be as devious as the situation allows, and, if byways cannot be added, provide for bays...

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