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LifestyleColumnistsJessica Damiano

Yards turned into works of art by Long Islanders

Gardeners are nature’s true artists, painting their landscapes with the colors and textures of plants, trees, shrubs, vines and grasses. Patterns are created, often in groups of three or five, and repetition throughout the space contributes to a harmonic vista.

Bare patches of soil and fields of weeds are the gardener’s canvases, and on them, balance, movement, unity and variety are forged. Sometimes, however, it isn’t clear whether the garden inspired their art or their love of art inspired the gardener. French painter Claude Monet, after all, created both his gardens at Giverny, as well as their famed impressionistic paintings. And some believed he only planted the gardens to create the muse.

Similarly, gardens across Long Island inspire local artists, and they, in turn, use their creations to enhance their gardens and neighborhoods, sometimes even stopping traffic on their suburban streets.


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