Bob Kamm's Color Craze

Happy Color brightens the day, even the night. Practitioners of this particular type of gardening are those who've never met a color they didn't like and who aren't shy about proclaiming their passion to the world at large. They have burst free from the shackles of traditional color theory, free, in fact, from almost everything but the pursuit of eye-popping, pysche -searing, no-holds-barred color--and plenty of it. Yippee-Yi-Yo-Ki-Yay!!!

In an earlier post, I introduced Chrissie D'Esopo, gardener extraordinaire and happy color purist who plants thousands of annuals each season to realize her technicolor vision. Well, Chrissie has a friend, Bob Kamm, who's also no slouch in the color department. Bob is so tireless that he plants and tends not one, but three--count 'em, three--expansive, labor intensive gardens each summer, using, in the process, annuals in numbers of the kind most associated with--oh, I don't know--the quantity of stars glittering in the Milky Way galaxy. Amelia's Garden, Kamm's best known effort (it's open to the public) is at a hockey rink (?) in Westfield, Ma. It covers 1.3 acreas, has 64 beds (!) and more color than a boatload of Disney films. Here are some of the fabulously floriferous fruits of his labors. Enjoy!


MNGarden said...

Wow! That can take the gray out of rainy days. I was just trying to think of something red for next spring. Now I know why red tulips are so popular.

Steve Silk said...

Hi MNGarden--Yes, I always plant all kind of lurid-colored tulips because by this time of year I'm just starved for color. In the meantime, I'll take my fill of Bob's garden.--Steve

lostlandscape said...

I'll admit to liking more subtle uses of color, but I was surprised how much I liked what you showed. They're manic, but still thoughtfully put together.

Steve Silk said...

Lostlandscape--For some gardeners--and I'm one of 'em--more is more. This is what happens when your "more" is color. But it works, and under the onslaught of such vivid hues, it's hard to feel down--that's why I call it happy color.