garden pays homage to North Carolina's long history of
quilting. The flowers and plants represent some of the
most popular traditional block patterns used in
uses a technique called tessellation (tess-eh-LAY-shun).
Tessellation evolved from broderie perse (BRO-der-ee
pairs), or "Persian embroidery," which involves cutting
and piecing one cloth or motif onto another. Many quilt
designs use simple shapes to form more complex patterns.
Changing the color or print of these shapes changes the
look of the pattern.
we choose one overall pattern for this garden, and
tessellate it by planting different flowers in the
pattern at three times during the growing season. We've
featured block patterns such as Log Cabin, Flower
Basket, Bow Tie, Grandma's Fan, Double Wedding Ring and
Variable Star (illustration above).