The Borrowed View
The term ‘borrowed view’ is a design technique that maximizes the sense of space in the garden by bringing glimpses of the landscape beyond into view. I have benefited from this view having built a home and garden on a golf course where the borrowed view extended up a gently sloped fairway, pine trees riming the edges of this grassy expanse. Though mine was a lovely garden, I could never have achieved the expanse and peace of it all without this borrowed view.
I have come to believe that the concept of the borrowed view is a necessary state of mind for my writing, which brings glimpses of the landscape beyond into my consciousness. I hear a conversation that interests me and I begin to translate its value into a scene I’m writing. In the woods on either side of the two lane mountain road I’m driving, I search for a way to accurately describe the light and shadows cast by the shining sun. I highjack a line from a sermon that gives me an idea for a book tittle. The value of the borrowed view in a garden cannot be overstated and in the life of a writer, it is essential to maximize our view.