The Borrowed View -#atozchallenge


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.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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4 Responses to The Borrowed View -#atozchallenge

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    What a lovely picture! I’m just dropping by from the AtoZ Challenge, I have set up a link to your blog from my post today

  2. Jemima Pett says:

    Lovely blog, Stepheny, thank you!
    Happy A to Z-ing
    Jemima at Jemima’s blog

  3. visually stimulating pictures with your posts, love the London Underground too.

  4. paulinewiles says:

    I love the garden images you’re featuring here. This one, with its symmetry, is especially beautiful.

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