Monday, April 14, 2008

The Natural Distinctiveness of Memphis Yards

Art in BinghamtonI like the inconsistently-mowed, over-grown, under-manicured and beautiful yards of Memphis. I like them cultivated, and I like them forgotten. Yards where the trees and vines and shrubs and flowers grow, grow, grow. Places with less unsustainable mowing and more natural curation.

A thought brought to me by the natural background of the film Third Ward TX,and its contrast with Houston's diabolic hyper-mowed freeways and overdeveloped developments.

Galloway Church Community GardenLike Houston, the humidity coming off the Gulf of Mexico turbo-charges the natural of Memphis. When we stop treating the stuff growing outside as a problem, or an enemy, chopping and mowing and paving it into boring placelessness, we'll find ourselves living in a galaxy-class landscape, like the beautiful setting of Third Ward, TX.

Update: To possibly illuminate the aesthetic, here are some more photos.

Artist's Yard, Cooper-Young
Neighborhood Church and Home, Seattle Street
Art in Landscaping, Cooper-Young
Birdhouse and House in Binghamton
Azalea and Wisteria on a Stormy Day

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Blogger jccvi said...

Funny that you should show a landscape architect's office in this post, but I suppose the best make it look effortless.

9:21 AM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

I didn't know that was a landscape architect's office.


Well, I did say I like them cultivated.

10:09 AM  

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