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Why the Best Gardens Have Something Extra

  • June 22, 2021

Statues and other ornaments have been a feature of grand gardens for centuries, but the idea of adding them to your backyard may seem intimidating. It doesn’t have to be.

Janice Parker, a landscape architect based in Greenwich, Conn., uses a range of statuary and ornaments in her projects, from geometric objects to pieces depicting rabbits, chickens and fish.

That not only creates a focal point in the garden, she said, but it also “makes it a very affectionate space. People become more attached to the outdoors in a loving manner, versus just saying, ‘Oh, this is pretty.’”

The statuary doesn’t have to be an expensive antique or a piece by a well-known artist. “Not everybody is going to go buy a Tony Cragg, a John Chamberlain or a Henry Moore — they’re not doing a sculpture park,” Ms. Parker said. “A lot of other things are very affordable, and I think they’re great.”

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