July 02, 2013
Tony Tyznik and Past Basket
[caption id="attachment_1958" align="aligncenter" width="683"] The winding brick path is peaceful escape.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1959" align="aligncenter" width="683"] The variegated leaf adds interest all season.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1960" align="aligncenter" width="683"] Enjoy the beauty.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1961" align="aligncenter" width="683"] With each season the garden changes, make sure you stroll through every time you are in town.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1957" align="aligncenter" width="598"] Add color to your outdoor spaces with pillows.[/caption] We are often complimented on the Past Basket "grounds". While beautiful, we are merely the caretakers of the work designed by family friend, client and renowned Landscape Architect, Tony Tyznik. Best known for his 40 year tenure as the head landscape architect of the Morton Arboretum, Tony's style is naturalistic. At his retirement reception, arboretum director Gerard Dannelly commented on Tony's style, "it's hard to discern where nature left off and where Tony started." We've been delighted over the years with Tony's many bits of landscaping and gardening wisdom, such as his candid opinion on the state of design today. "It's often easier to notice design when it's not very good--as in some suburban yards. Most home-landscaping failures come from improper scale, which in turn comes from seeking instant gratification. Amateur landscapers are often unaware that this art form has four dimensions--its materials change dramatically over time."