In the Landscape

Green Screen

August 28, 2019

Screening is an important element of a designed landscape, but screening isn't just about blocking unwanted views, it's about focusing attention within the landscape. This week, hosts Charles and Kate Sadler take listeners on a virtual trip to the exquisite gardens of Japan to experience the focus that exceptional screening provides in the landscape. They cover important design considerations for planning and selecting screening materials. Tips for the maintenance of closely planted shrubs and trees, often necessary for effective screening, are covered in this week's episode. 

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Learn more about 18th century English landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1715-1783). He designed over 170 parks. He was nicknamed "Capability" because he would tell his clients that their property had "capability" for improvement.


Learn about the history of the ha-ha; a recessed landscape barrier or trench that was commonly used in large scale landscapes in the 18th century. It created the illusion of an unbroken, continuous rolling lawn, whilst providing boundaries for grazing livestock.


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Acclaimed Landscape Design and Care Artist, plus ISA Certified Arborist Charles King Sadler,ASLA,ISA has been sought after for consulting and training in landscape design restoration and care by top landscape architecture firms and horticulturalists throughout North America and in Europe, and he has designed and cared for some of the finest properties in North American. Charles builds on over two decades of experience working on over 600 landscapes. Charles received his fine arts education from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his Landscape Architecture training from SUNY-ESF; school of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University Campus.

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