WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden

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By Team IAnd Photography: Courtesy the architects

17 years into the making, the Australian garden, winner of the -Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson is a garden of discovery, of multiple experiences and of cumulative knowledge…

The completion of the Australian garden situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, comes at a time when botanic gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms and re-focussing on new messages of landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement.

Attempting to recreate the seductive qualities of the Australian landscape that have inspired many a designer, writer and artist, the landscape design creates a sequence of powerful sculptural and artistic experiences that recognise its diversity, breadth of scale and wonderful contrasts. Via these creative landscape compositions, the project seeks to stimulate and educate visitors into the potential use and diversity of Australian flora.

On the east side of the garden, exhibition gardens display landscapes, research plots and forestry arrays that illustrate a more formal approach, whilst on the west, visitors are subsumed by gardens that are inspired by natural cycles, immersive landscapes and irregular floristic forms. Water plays a mediating role between the two, taking visitors from rock pool escarpments, meandering river bends to Melaleuca spits and coastal edges.

Visitors engage with the botanical collections via an intrinsically interpretive experience. Didactic signage is shunned in favour of a landscape design approach that captures a heightened experience not relying on mimicry or simulacra. Designed experiences such as walking across the tangle of a Eucalypt forest floor, or the passage through wind pruned coastal heath, comprises a narrative that informs the composition, while the experience reinforces the message. It aims to strike a balance between abstraction, metaphor and poetry.

Visitors are invited into the landscape via a pathway system that constantly morphs according to the landscape narrative and garden experience. Crusty paths in the Gondwana Garden shift to become an over water circular grated plate which connects to a field of stones where the actual path is no longer apparent. It allows many layers of emotional and intellectual discovery, so not every visitor will take home the same message, as each will have their own experience.

Developed in a former sand quarry, it allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe, bringing together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It showcases some 170,000 plants across 1700 species all adapted to its challenging site condition.

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Things to consider while buying garden sheds

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Garden sheds are sort of multipurpose storage place wherein you can store from most important to less important things in your property. The two major types of garden sheds available are In plastic and wooden. The durability of the shed depends on the material. There are many manufacturers and suppliers of garden shed in Bolton. So once you have selected which type of shed to go in for then the further segregation comes according to your use. All the manufacturers make custom made products to fit in your garden. You can order shed if you fit in any one of the following.

Sheds by size: most important factor to keep in mind while buying a shed. The size of the shed should be according to your utility and requirement. Its not the best idea to go for bigger shed when you are never going to use it.

Garden shed: normal shed to store the gardening equipments. Its not required to go for a massive shed if you are just going to store equipments.

Security shed: tough material of the shed to store the valuable or your household things which you don’t use it regularly but needs to be stored safely.

Summer houses: small arrangement for you to relax while your barbeque is cooked.

One can also fit a concrete garage type of arrangement in the garden. However this arrangement is going to be permanent and not easy to move compared to the wooden garden shed. Concrete garages are best explained if your purpose is not served by the wooden garden shed. If the requirement of the space is more then only one should go for concrete garage arrangement. There are many designs of concrete garages available in the market few of them are mentioned below to fit ones need.

Apex concrete garage: storing use with a distinctive look to fit your property.

Sloping concrete garage: simple arrangement giving a building like look.

Elite: more durable with the use of PVC and bricks and better quality of doors.

Double: need for more room can be satisfied by this arrangement with affordable prices.

Attached: sturdily attached to the house to increase the storage area.

Battery: three or more concrete garage arrangement to fit the need. Can be of same or of different length. Doesn’t need to be fitted in the same line.

X-height: little elevated than the normal garage so that high rise vehicles can fit easily.

Above are some of the tips to make your selection of shed easier.

David Botham currently researching on garden sheds. Stay connected with David for more information about garden sheds and concrete garages.

Garden office spaces are the way to go

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Have you ever wondered how it would be to work from home? Well now you can with a very unique and useful tool which is being purchased by many people who enjoy working from the comfort of their own homes. These types of office spaces are known as garden offices. There are many professionals who prefer working in this type of manner because they provide the best in convenience and quality. There are many different materials that are used by large companies that manufacture these types of garden office spaces. It is very important when purchasing these items that you choose the best. If you are working from the house there are many benefits which can be taken into consideration. There is no need to wake up early in the morning and go to work unlike many people and you are able to walk into office which is right in the back of the garden with your pyjamas. Since there has been a huge demand for these types of office spaces companies have also implemented several other types of offices buildings which is called an office pod. They give the same level of comfort and work environment which makes it very easy to be highly productive and gain a huge turn over in the end of the day.

Garden office buildings come in several different colors and designs to choose from and there are many people who opt on this form of working lifestyle. There are many different designs and shapes that can be selected when purchasing these garden office spaces. Professionals such as doctors and lawyers are some of the most common individuals who purchase these garden office spaces. It allows them to practice their profession without any hassle in the comfort of their own homes. They are able to bond with the family and can work according to the time the feel like. This is by far one of the biggest advantages of having a garden office space. The cost of having these garden office spaces are relatively cheap and there is no need to worry about hiring a cleaning company or any other criteria’s that might be taken into account of having a office space of this manner. There is very less maintenance cost involved unlike the common offices. You can easily keep an eye on the house whilst working in a garden office.

Garden Design Software – The Pros And Cons Of Using One

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Buying software programs to design your garden for you can be a costly mistake if you choose the wrong thing for your needs. To begin with, let’s take a look at your needs and expectations of any garden design software you may need to purchase.

The first mistake a lot of people make is to think that garden design software will do the design for them. This is simply not the case. Whilst a lot of design software will have some ready-made designs that you can adjust, unless you know the principles of designing your garden, it is very difficult to achieve good results.

It’s a bit like someone giving you the components to a super fast car engine. If you don’t know anything about mechanics, the chances of you producing an engine that really works and delivers what you want it to are very slim. The same is true to designing a garden. Unless you know how it works, all the templates in the world cannot help you achieve the results you want.

Learning the seven most important garden design principles first will enable you to use garden designing software as the tool that it was designed to be.

Pros of Garden Design Software

No drawing required. You can produce a color plan, 3-D views and the best part is it is very easy to make changes.

Cons

It can be time-consuming to learn how to use the software before you even start the design. You are limited to using the materials in the template chooser. The program doesn’t design a garden for you!

Best Option for Planning Your Garden

The best of both worlds would be to do a rough draft of your ideas on paper and then once you think you have a design you like, use a garden design software to draw up a proper plan and give you a 3D view of it.

One thing that is critical to success, though, is the initial survey. Guessing the size and shape of your garden is the worst mistake you can make. You may produce a superb design, but unless it fits, it will be a complete waste of your time.

In a good design, everything links together and functions as one whole entity. So if one part has to change, it has a knock-on effect to everything else in the garden. It’s a bit like having jigsaw pieces that don’t quite fit – it will never work!

Before you buy any software to help you design your garden I would strongly recommend that you do two things. Firstly, learn the principles of garden design; without them you’re wasting your time. Secondly, practice on free software like Google sketch up, to see if you like using a computer to help you design.

Mulch and Your Garden

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When it gets this cold outside, it can be good to think warm thoughts. As you do this, imagine spring time and how beautiful your yard is going to look in full bloom. But you know that this beauty doesn’t happen by accident; essential to any lush yard or garden is a good base of mulch. Especially now, in wintertime, a decent foundation of mulch can help bring the flora and fauna out of the ground a bit sooner when spring does finally arrive

Mother Nature has her own winter mulch. That would be the covering of leaves and pine needles, but those can be cleared or pushed aside. When that happens, the soil can lay exposed to the extreme cold and winter weather. That’s when you should call Hansen’s, your St. Louis mulch provider, to get your ground ready to bloom. Our quality, organic mulch will give those roots the warmth and food they need to stay healthy throughout the season and ready to bloom the moment the weather gets warmer.

Putting a nice layer of mulch in your yard helps keep hold in the warmth, allowing your plants and their roots to stay nearer to the surface. The closer they can remain to the surface, the sooner they can bloom. Just think: you’ll be the envy of the block when the plants and the grass in your yard is already beautiful and bursting with color while everyone else’s yards are brown and barren! With just a little bit of hard work and the help of a St. Louis mulching company, your yard can be in full bloom sooner than you expect!

No matter the type of yard work you want performed, Hansen’s Tree Service is here to help. Whether it’s tree removal or trimming, lawn services, or mulch in the St. Louis or St. Charles area, Hansen’s Tree Service will leave your yard looking clean, trim, and professional. Call today and find out how our landscapers can bring out the best in your yard!

Rustic Garden Furniture -why We Love Them

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The attraction of country residing is discovered within the rustic garden furniture. One of many big reasons people tend to love rustic garden furniture is because it is usually not made in a manufacturing facility .The rustic garden furniture is unique with chairs, tables, benches, and arbors that depict early America.

The rustic garden furniture, which is fabricated from oak, cherry, and maple woods, honed into the gorgeous tables, chairs, benches, and different outstanding objects in your backyard or patio .

One other characteristic of rustic garden furniture that charm itself to people is the truth that each little imperfect knot or twist within the wood exhibits up. A few of the types of wood which might be typically utilized in constructing rustic garden furniture are cedar, hickory, cypress, and pine.

Rustic garden furniture can create a remote feeling on your yard which is what many people want. As yards get smaller and private spaces becomes more precious, anything that may make our space seem larger or more non-public is a welcome addition.

Maybe that is why this style of backyard furnishings has become so popular in recent years. This furnishings blends into the landscape which gives a false appearance of more space. It also tends to flow with the pure mood of a yard space relatively than standing out. It complements the privacy of your yard by not interfering with the serenity of its surroundings. It’s only natural that a natural setting could be properly served by rustic garden furniture.

Rustic garden furniture can also be referred to as farmhouse garden furniture and harkens back to the olden days of farms and country living. It has a style all of its own and is fairly special. Generally, rustic garden furniture is lumpy, massive and heavy. Occasionally it is roughly cut, however that is not always the case though it is not often carved in nice detail. Rustic garden furniture is constructed to last.

Natural character in rustic wood has infestation worth regard the artistic style. The natural form of wood in unique style with knot out of order makes its own appeal. Wood has a strong character naturally. It’s also very heavy and sturdy.
Outdoor wood furniture is commonly under the influence of temperature and moisture extremes plus the striking rays of the sun. When properly protected for, wood patio furniture may perhaps go on a number of years and still appear wonderful.

Outside furniture additionally performs vital role in sustaining the style and class of the house. Rustic garden furniture is a outstanding choice, some produced from a variety of woods.
Rustic garden furniture, old and new, might be discovered and purchased at flea markets, crafts fairs and garden outlets from coast to coast

Different Styles Of Garden Lighting By Rex Fosco

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Gardens offer benefits to a home. They are one of the best ways to increase the beauty of any home, and to add a touch of nature, and tranquility. Not only that, but they can serve many purposes and can be used as an extension of your living space.

It is important to put some effort and thought into decorating your garden. One of the important aspects of garden decor is the garden lighting. Lighting is something that can really transform a garden. It not only serves a functional purpose, but also helps improve the ambiance, and atmosphere of your garden. The right lighting can really make all the difference.

There are many styles of garden lighting. If you have a walking path in your garden, you can go for path lighting. These can be small lights, which illuminate the path as it goes along. These can be placed at regular intervals along the path. Path lights not only add beauty, but also help you see the path at night. Similarly, step lighting can be used to highlight the steps of any other unsafe areas in your garden.

If you have a pond or any other water feature in your garden, you can go for marine lighting. These can be around the water source or even under the water. These lights look beautiful, and add a very surreal beauty to the garden. In addition, they bring attention to your water feature, which is one of the most essential parts of your garden. Another type of lighting which is perfect for aesthetic use is shadow lighting. If you have large plants or flowers in your garden, you can use shadow lighting, which creates a very dramatic effect by projecting their shadows on the walls.

Another type of lighting is down lighting. In this type of lighting, objects are illuminated from above, which gives a very natural effect. Up lighting, on the other hand, includes lighting from below, which is mostly used for highlighting focal points in the garden. These can be placed at the foot of trees or plants to illuminate them.

Make sure that the type of lighting you are using is appropriate for your garden. Do not use too many different types of lightings, as these can have a negative effect on your gardens beauty. Always remember that lighting should serve a functional and aesthetic purpose, so do not only focus on one aspect.

Prestige Sunrise Park The New Modern Look Of The Apartme

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PRESTIGE SUNRISE PARK ELECTRONIC CITY is an extravagant housing venture commenced by a renowned developers Prestige Group in the form of 1, 2, 2.5 and 3 BHK lavishness flats located at Electronics City-Phase-1 subsequent to Cyber Park & Neo Town Road/ Bangalore.

Considering as a city of electronic gardens & IT parks Bangalore city is also known as Silicon Valley of India. Having establishments of various IT/ITES/ BPOs/ FMCG, automobile, pharmacy/ aviation/ marketing & research growth industry as well as numerous reputed educational institutes Bangalore city has been remodelled into a glorious metropolitan region that is constantly demanding for more spacious accommodations or high end settlements in affordable price range. Providing peaceful shelter to the people of every class comes from different areas of the country Prestige Sunrise Park housing venture has been set as a stunning landmark venture among other property venture of the city.

Having rising number of neighborhoods & townships ventures mesmerizing city PRESTIGE SUNRISE PARK BANGALORE development of this region in the form of remarkable housing apartments such as villas, penthouses/ independent floors, row houses as well as commercial ventures retail spaces/ recreational centers/ plazas/ offices & many more. Offering living spaces within different sizes 1 BHK, 2 BHK/ 2.5 BHK & 3 BHK housing units with 631sqft to 1647sqft floor region Prestige Sunrise Park Electronics City presents sculpture skill of one of the most reputed & leading developer Prestige Group in a professional manner. Also eye-catchy infrastructure & quality living inside these abodes can be countable as an extra added advantage of this venture.

Enjoying immense greenery & peaceful location of the city Prestige Sunrise Park Bangalore campus is situated in Electronics City-Phase-1 next to Cyber Park & Neo Town Road along with close proximity to Neo Mall, proposed metro station/ Lords Plazza Hotel & Hosur Main Road/ Bangalore. In addition, Sprawled across 25 acres of total land region it is blessed PRESTIGE SUNRISE PARK international level facilities in the form of modern club house/ multipurpose hall/ gated community/ kid’s play region, more than 80% central green region, jogging track/ round the clock safety, 24 hours power backup/ modular kitchen, various outdoor & indoor gaming facility make this campus more extravagant among other property venture of the city.

Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mudumalai is famous for housing the Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, which make a very lucrative tourist destination and thus attracting tourists from all over the world to wish to experience the peaceful surroundings of the forests, which also house the Mudumalai Hotels and Mudumalai Resorts. You can also enjoy Mudumalai Homestay , which makes your Mudumalai Holidays truly memorable. >

Mudumalai is a great place to have outdoor picnics, and enjoy the night around while you enjoy a Mudumalai Campfire and a Mudumalai Bonefire. You can live in the tree houses made of bamboo sticks and wood and stay up at night to listen to the wild animals around you. It is perfectly safe to be here, if being in the heart of the forest bothers you. Mudumalai is also famous for its fruits, and you can get any kind of fruit juice in the resorts and hotels at any time of the day you order, and they are absolutely delicious.

Mudumalai has a tiger reserve and you can go watch the wild animals in the buses that the reserve provides for sightseeing of the jungle cat. The buses are perfectly safe to go in, and they are fenced with iron wires that are difficult to break in for the tigers. Mudumalai Trekking is among one of the best things to do while you stay there. The services available in such a wilderness makes the trip even more enjoyable and worth remembering. You should visit Mudumalai at least once.

Why should you visit Mudumalai:

1. Mudumalai is situated in Tamil Nadu in South India and is a city in the North-West side of the Nilgiri.

2. Tourists visit Mudumalai because they wish to admire the exotic plants and animals that are in the reserve, and live in amongst nature and breathe the fresh air they are so devoid of in their cities full of pollution. Among the animals, the gray langurs and bonnet macaques are two amazing and notable exotic species that you can find in the hilly areas of the Mudumalai. You can also find animals like tigers, golden jackals, leopards, striped hyenas and the Asian elephant in the wilderness.

3. You can also find many exotic and interesting birds that live in this area, and this is the perfect place to do bird watching. Especially, if you wake up early in the morning, you might find the exotic birds in flight, and that is a very rare and amazing sight. Birds like Malabar Trojans, crested hawks, Malabar grey hornbills, crested serpent eagles, and really rare striped tit-babblers can be found in this place.

4. Mudumalai is a very popular tourist destination because the Mudumalai National Park is located here, and it was founded in the year 1940. It is because of this National Park, that the exotic wild animals and birds are protected.

Grow A Lovely Organic Garden With These Tips

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Growing an organic garden can be an important addition to your life. You need to do all of your research, so that you don’t waste money on tools that you don’t know how to use or even cause your plants to die. There are some tips listed below to help you begin.

Create soil for your organic garden by composting. Composting is a wonderful way to re-use some items that you would normally throw away as garbage. It also provides for rich and fertile soil, without the use of chemicals and pesticides. Compost bins are available in many sizes to fit your specific needs.

When starting your own organic garden, you should make sure you choose the right medium for growing your plants. Different plants need different mediums. Many of your seedlings should be replotted into a larger container before you put them in your garden. However, some plants, such as melons and cucumbers, must go from their original containers directly into your garden.

A great tip when beginning an organic gardening is to add lime to your seed-starter mix. This is done to reduce the acidity of your peat. Too much acidity can damage it. You should aim to add around 1/4 teaspoon of lime in every single gallon of your seed-starter mix.

Recycling wood saves money and adds a unique touch to your garden. Use scrap wood to build small garden fences or support structures for plants. Sources include broken tables, chairs, or unused trim pieces from past home improvement projects. Paint the wood to add color and interest to your garden plot.

Take steps to protect earthworms in your organic garden. Till your soil minimally, as tilling can kill earthworms. The best tilling depth is 3 to 5 inches. Avoid using chemical fertilizers because they harm the micro-organisms in the soil, decreasing earthworm activity. Be sure that the soil never dries out too much, but at the same time avoid over-watering. By maintaining these soil conditions, you will notice your earthworm population increasing rapidly!

Location is very important to organic gardening. Your garden should be in an area that will get at least ten hours of sunlight during the summer. Prior to starting your garden, make sure that your location does not have any large obstructions that will cast shadows and block the sun. Plants need an adequate amount of sunlight to live.

Growing an organic garden can be very rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work. Regardless, if you know what to do and how to grow smarter, you can get the organic garden you want. So do yourself a favor and apply the above tips to growing your organic garden.

It is important to know the organic farming tips in order to come up with abundant crops. Click here to get more information on how you can get to take advantage of planting organic crops.