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Garden art: How to place the right work in the right spot

For many landscape designers and homeowners, a garden isn’t complete without the right art. But how do you find the right spot for a piece of outdoor art and choose the plants to complement it?

The first step is finding a work that really speaks to you, and then “allow the art to help define the landscape,” says landscape architect Edmund Hollander. He recommends working with an artist or gallery, when possible, to create a relationship between artwork and garden.

“It’s really not so different from the relationship between a house and its surrounding landscape,” he says.

Susan Lowry, coauthor with Nancy Berner of “Private Gardens of the Bay Area” (The Monacelli Press, October 2017), says art in a garden should enhance its surroundings. “Scale, texture and light all play off the object, and there is also an emotional content that influences how we see the garden itself,” she says.

Less is more, she cautions: “We have seen many a garden ruined by too many extraneous voices jumbled into the frame.”

The most common mistake when placing art in gardens, Hollander warns, is “sticking a work where there’s too much other stuff. It’s as if a museum hung a painting on a wallpapered wall instead of on a white one.”

So experts recommend that works be placed against quiet backdrops like evergreens, hedges or lawns.

Karen Daubmann, associate vice president for exhibitions and public engagement at the New York Botanical Garden, has helped design plantings around works by glass artist Dale Chihuly and others. The principles for selecting and showing art in a home garden are similar, she says.

“It’s nice to go for something as a larger focal point — something you can see from your window and enjoy all year round, and then some smaller works that you only discover up close,” she says.

“And when you’re decided where to place something, don’t forget to look up. It’s a nice surprise to look up and see a pergola, chandelier or lantern.”

Most important, Daubmann says, is to choose art you really love. “Chances are, if you’re placing it in a garden you have designed and planted yourself, it will work, because it’s the same aesthetic,” she says.

Keep in mind when and from where the work will be viewed. From the kitchen window? The living room? If you’ll be viewing it at night, consider lighter colors, she says.

“White glass or white flowers make for a great moonlight garden, while dark blues will tend to get lost in the evening,” Daubmann says. “A mossy, shaded garden can be spiced up quite a lot with light-colored art.”

And the artwork doesn’t have to be expensive. “I sometimes find wonderful pieces in antique shops or at barn sales that really spark my imagination,” Daubmann says.

Hilary Lewis, chief curator and creative director at The Glass House, Philip Johnson’s iconic house and surrounding landscape and structures in New Canaan, Connecticut, helps plan the installations there. She says works should be visible from various parts of the property, should feel like an extension of the landscape, and should draw people in.

For inspiration, experts suggest visiting sculpture gardens, museums or botanical gardens.

“There are lots of sculpture gardens of all kinds around these days, and the combination of landscape and art, when done right, can be very inspiring,” Hollander says.

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What’s her secret?

Harbison’s “best use of foliage” container includes the tall fountain grass, two varieties of sweet potato vine, a fern, ivy, coleus and the small, white-blooming “Diamond Frost.”

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10 great garden design ideas you’ll want to try

Before you get started on a new garden design, why not pick one simple, central idea and really build everything around it? We think any professional gardener would tell you that this is a recipe for success, in terms of a beautiful end result that looks and feels cohesive, but the real question is, what could you make your focal point? Well, we’ve been looking at some of the best gardens out there and think that we’ve pinpointed a few brilliant ideas, so come with us now as we fill you in!

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Developers interested in improving Cohoes economy

NICHOLAS BUONANNO- nbuonanno@troyrecord.comCity officials said that they have interest for possible economic development to fill in the vacant lot on Remsen and White Street, which used to be where the old Cohoes Movie Theater was located.

NICHOLAS BUONANNO- nbuonanno@troyrecord.comCity officials said that they have interest for possible economic development to fill in the vacant lot on Remsen and White Street, which used to be where the old Cohoes Movie Theater was located.

COHOES, N.Y. Mayor Shawn Morse said that his administration continues to gain interest from developers wanting to develop the economy and make improvements in the downtown and surrounding area.

The latest economic development interest is to possibly turn the old Cohoes Movie Theater on the corner of Remsen and White Street into apartments and commercial space, the old movie theater was demolished years ago and has been a vacant lot since then.

Morse said that these latest potential development ideas are just the latest of recent economic development going on throughout the city.

“We’re working to sell the story of our city and we’re trying to get investors to invest,” said Morse. “There certainly is some interest in that location on White Street, but all the details for it have not been worked out yet.”

Morse said the city did recently receive a letter of intent from a developer to purchase the land and to put a development there, but noted that nothing has been finalized at this location yet.

Another ongoing economic development project taking place in the downtown area is the renovation of the old Cohoes Hotel, which is being transformed into apartments. Morse also mentioned the ongoing Mosaic Village project at the intersection of Ontario and Sargent streets and those apartments will be a mix of affordable housing and apartments for adults on the autism spectrum preparing for independent living.

“Economic development has and will remain the number one priority for my administration and I believe that bringing Mike Jacobson to the table as the city’s Director of Economic Development has been the best investment that I’ve made,” said Morse.

Residents near the new luxury Hudson Square Apartments near Van Schaick Island will also notice some renovations going on out near the pond area this summer.

“Part of the negotiations was that the developer [Prime Companies] would invest in the area around the pond and that they would clean it up for us and that they would invest $100,000 for it,” said Morse.

As part of the agreement Prime Companies will be working on the improvements throughout the summer with a goal of having it completed by the end of summer.

Some of the new features around the pond area will be new grass, landscaping, trees, LED lighting, sidewalks and paths, along with a picnic pavilion and amphitheater.

“We are also going to have fishing docks out there and once they clean it up more, it’s going to be a beautiful addition to our city,” said Morse. “The pond is already beautiful. But imagine it with all these new amenities. It will just be a great community space for everyone.”

Morse said that it’s always important to negotiate with developers to bring the best deal to the community.

“I think anytime that you can get a developer whose coming into your community to invest in the amenities that only make our city much more beautiful and gives the people of Cohoes a reason to be extremely proud of their community, you want to take advantage of that,” explained Morse. “The pond has always been a staple of Van Schaick Island and it’s always been beautiful, but that will be magnified by 50 times now that the work is going into that.”

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Kym Pokorny: Fight fires with appropriate landscaping

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Thomson’s Landscaping offers look at butterflies

–>Cheryl Crum, assistant manager at Thomsons Landscaping, pins cocoons onto the board inside the butterfly house located there. (Photo by Peyton Neely)

Cheryl Crum, assistant manager at Thomson’s Landscaping, pins cocoons onto the board inside the butterfly house located there. (Photo by Peyton Neely)

MARIETTA — It’s that time of year where butterflies can be spotted sipping nectar from flowers in gardens everywhere.

Thomson’s Landscaping in Marietta offers an opportunity for residents to see the life cycle of butterflies first-hand at their butterfly house that opened again just a couple weeks ago.

“We’ve been doing this for 10 years now,” said Cheryl Crum, assistant manager. “We set up the house usually the second week of July and try to keep it around until Labor Day.”

The butterfly house at Thomson’s Landscaping is free and open to the public. It houses four different types of butterflies including the Monarch butterfly, the Black Swallowtail butterfly, the American Lady butterfly and the Morning Cloak butterfly.

“We have the empty space and decided to do this to educate people about the life cycle of butterflies,” said Crum.

A Monarch butterfly takes a drink of nectar from a flower inside the butterfly house at Thomsons Landscaping. (Photo by Peyton Neely)

A Monarch butterfly takes a drink of nectar from a flower inside the butterfly house at Thomson’s Landscaping. (Photo by Peyton Neely)

“We usually have slowed down time during the day where we can answer any questions people may have about butterflies.”

Crum said each butterfly usually has a two-week life-span and that new caterpillars are hatching every day.

“Our first load of butterflies has already mated and laid eggs,” she said.

“All the butterflies–aside from a few that may slip out–live their full cycle here.”

The butterfly house is open during Thomson’s Landscaping’s regular business hours.

On Monday through Saturday, people can stop by to see butterflies from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sundays they’re open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We get a lot of grandparents bringing their grandkids in here but it’s fun for them,” said Crum. “It’s so educational for kids and adults alike. You can learn about the life of butterflies and also learn about the different kinds of plants and flowers that butterflies rely on to live.”

Jane Thomson, bookkeeper at Thomson’s Landscaping, said this is a different type of attraction that Marietta can offer.

“This gives people something to do and a variety of plants and butterflies to look at,” she said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to see what kind of plants they could put in their own gardens and we have them all here available for them.”

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