We routinely collect organic materials from our property and
carefully assemble them to a continuous "windrow" throughout the garden. The materials consist of branches that have fallen, weeds, wanted plants that have overgrown their places in beds and seasonal leaves. Some folks spend a lot of time and money to dispose of these materials.
From an ecologianl point of view, these materials offer many advantages. First, they provide cover for numerous critters -- birds, rodents, snakes, insects etc. As they break down, they produce wonderful hummus. We "mine" our sculptures all the time for the "black gold" constantly being created underneith. As time procedes, plants find these fertile environments perfect, and fern and mosses begin to create wondrous berms.
Artistically, the natural assemblages serve to connect the various individual sculptures in the garden. It leads the way to walking trails, and directs the eye to vistas ahead.
It frames imdividual pieces to give the viewer perspective.
It defines "outdoor rooms" for comfortable places to stop and enjoy the art.
It tells the visitor just where to go for the next adventure.
It sends visitors in a new directions.
Finally, it introduces the casual and unsuspecting wanderer to the wonders of the art art that we have provided for them to enjoy.