Category Archives: practical artistry

  • Got bark?

    Posted on February 7, 2012 by Kelly Norris in Dig This, practical artistry.

    Recently, I took an afternoon stroll around the Iowa State University campus with camera in hand in search of the beauty of bark.  As I see it, bark is like the wallpaper of the landscape, always there even when the room is bare.  A well-known contemporary horticulturist once remarked in a press release that the […]

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  • Revisiting Vignettes

    Posted on August 5, 2009 by Kelly Norris in From my garden to yours..., practical artistry.

    I talk a lot about vignettes, justifiably so considering the rhapsodic nature of my garden.  Like a rhapsody, my garden is a composition of irregular forms with generous freedom of expression.  It employs the full measure of my creativity, at least I hope.  If a garden space doesn’t employ or at least challenge the full measure […]

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  • Vignettes

    Posted on June 9, 2009 by Kelly Norris in practical artistry.

    I’ve been gone from my garden for nearly a week. But oh what can change in the garden in the span of a week! Since I left, we’ve had over five inches of rain and it shows–a large, unplanned pond floods beds south of the house. But strife from rain aside, the gardens look fabulous, particularly the […]

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