Friday, August 13, 2010

Took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum.

A few days ago, I walked into a friend’s house to find his mother out in the garden in old raggedy clothes, upto her elbows in mud and dirt, singing away on the top of her lungs. And she looked… happy. Now for a person like me, to be in a situation that requires me to be rolling in dirt, is not a happy thing. But for a lot of people, gardening is therapeutic. And caring for their gardens is something they do with much passion and fervour. For those people, garden design is an important aspect of gardening. It all begins with garden design, and then moves forward from there.

Literally, a garden is defined as “a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature”. Gardens may exhibit structural enhancements, known as follies, including things like fountains, ponds, waterfalls and more. Some gardens are for ornamental purposes only, while some cultivate food crops. Sometimes in separate areas, sometimes intermixed with the ornamental plants.

Garden design is the creation of plans for the layout and planting of gardens and landscape. Elements of garden design include the layout of hard landscape such as paths, rockeries, walls, etc, as well as the plants themselves, with consideration for their horticultural requirements, their season-to-season appearance, lifespan, etc. The most important consideration in any garden design is, how the garden will be used, followed closely by the desired stylistic genres, and the way the garden space will connect to the home or other structures in the surrounding areas.

After the garden design is in place, gardening enthusiasts and homemakers can do what they love doing. Maintain and manicure their lawns the way they like!


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