Colour in the Garden

Colour in the Garden by Elizabeth Reeves

This presentation in early March 2020 was most unusual; this was a combination of science and poetry, of literary display with an unusual selection of words, similes, metaphors and phrases combined with the design and nurture of gardens.

In practical terms the human eye responds to colour by observing the different light wave lengths and this information can be used to highlight colour and displays of plants. It was suggested that by avoiding colours, for example bright orange even in small quantities a garden would just have a more drab appearance. This reminded of the painting by Turner “The Fighting Temerare” where the red hot chimney smoke of the tug boat transforms the picture as it catches the eye. We went away perhaps further reflecting on of our choice of plants in particular bedding plants for 2020.