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Event Title: Lunch & Learn Seminar - Garden Vignettes
Description: THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE INFORMATION OR BE NOTIFIED IF A SECOND CLASS IS SCHEDULED, PLEASE GO AHEAD AND REGISTER.
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In garden design we create vignettes when we take a collection of objects and plants and display them in groups in small spaces around the garden. The various vignettes make a garden space personal and add warmth, interest and personality to not just that particular space but to the entire garden. A ho-hum garden overflows with unrelated items and plants. When objects are correctly placed in a group, they allow the eye to catch a glimpse, rest and enjoy the vignette space. 

When we take objects and plants that we love or that have special meaning to us, and arrange them in a space, we are creating a happy and delightful space that has special meaning to us. We are offering to share it as well to those that may be present in our garden. We can add drama and interest to a corner, walk, niche or really any space that has the potential to hold a collection of items and plants. The effort can be minimal but the result can have high impact visually.

The key to a well-styled vignette is composition and balance, and it includes the following design elements: varying the heights, textures, colors, and sizes of the objects and plants. Layering is very important to vignettes. Having objects both in the foreground and the background move the eye comfortably. Think about a theme, and use odd numbers, say three or five grouped together. Try unexpected combinations. Decide whether you want a symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangement.

Begin with a favorite plant. Take a picture of the plant in its surroundings.  Blow it up to screen size on your computer. On paper start listing what you would like to see in the vignette. The following are some guidelines for building a vignette.  I use seven of the basic art principles. Choose objects (garden art) and plants to support the style and décor theme of your garden. Keep your art pieces in proportion to the garden. Decide on your style: classic, artistic/contemporary, resourceful/rustic, romantic, Asian, tropical, or eclectic. Use color to coordinate your vignette.  Color used sparely can make a vignette POP!  Use objects and plants in odd numbers. Groups of three or five work particularly well and are stronger visually. Lots of small objects may result in clutter. Vary the height of objects and plants. Stick to your theme. Create depth by placing objects or plants from the back of the flat surface to the front. Vary the textures. Use weathered wood, pottery, glass or iron architectural elements to introduce an unexpected texture.

Above all, have fun with it, but remember that you might have to stretch your definition of art! Put your signature on your garden.
Date: 03/05/2014 (12:00 PM - 01:00 PM)
Location: CMAST Building, Rm 320, Carteret Community College Campus, 303 College Circle, MHC
Registration Ends: 03/04/2014

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Registration for this event is closed. If you have questions, then please contact the event owner, Cindy Day.
 

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