Garden Arbors

ARBORS Garden structures typically include gazebos, arbors, trellises, pergolas, ramadas and patio covers. Some have solid roofs while others are open beam that allow sunlight. An arbor is basically a shortened form of pergola and serves more as a covered, often arched gateway delineating one area of the garden from another. This white wooden lattice style structure would…
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Using the Element Air in the Garden

Air as one of the four classic elements can be represented in the garden in a number of ways, namely through wind, sound and movement. Air gives life through its component molecules of Carbon and Oxygen. It feeds fire and soil. It is what we breath.   Air has a close connection with Eather, which…
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Finding Your Personal Garden Style

What's Your Garden Design Style? Your Preference Can Say Alot About You May 4, 2009 John Stuart Leslie We are using the terms 'garden', 'landscape' and 'yard' as all the same as applicable to people's homes and property. Some people think of a "garden" as a designated area within the "yard" to grow vegetables, flowers…
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5 Element Theory of Feng Shui in a Garden

Using the 5 Element Theory of Feng Shui in a Garden Setting Guidelines for the application of the 5 elements of Feng Shui in the garden   Handy Reference Guide To Create a Garden Sanctuary Using Feng Shui The entry (creating a special entrance that is inviting and welcoming, a passage, gateway or transition). Use of…
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How to Design a Garden with a Theme

Theme Garden Design Basics Tips to get you started John Stuart Leslie You may have been thinking, “Gee, this spiritual garden idea is great, but how do I go about creating one? I think I would like to do a Japanese Garden theme, so now how do I start the process? Should I just go out…
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The Soul of a Garden

The Soul of a Garden How To Find Out If a Garden Has Soul July 3, 2009 John Stuart Leslie When you observe a Japanese garden (or any other garden that has been formally designed) whether from a photograph or in person, do you wonder, "What is the purpose of this place?" You would probably know that…
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The Labyrinth as a Tool for Spiritual Transformation

The Labyrinth A Tool for Spiritual Transformation  November 14, 2009 John Stuart Leslie  A labyrinth is a circular ancient symbol that relates to the wholeness of one. The circular shape and its pathways combine to form a metaphor for life’s journey -- a path of life on a single continuum.   Prehistoric labyrinths are believed…
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The Essence of a Garden

The Essence of a Garden Are you a "lawn mower man" or a "garden steward"?  May 14, 2010 John Stuart Leslie  A garden serves a purpose for most gardeners who care to spend time in them whether it be for growing plants, admiring the flowers, building structures or just maintaining its appearance. But can you lose…
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Tea Gardens 101

Tea Gardens 101 A Tea Garden Can Be More Than You Think September 1, 2009 John Stuart Leslie A Tea Garden is commonly associated with the exterior entrance to a Japanese Tea House. A tea hut or small room was constructed so that the tea ceremony could be conducted. Traditional Japanese tea ceremonies are ritualized practices…
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Spiritual Gardens

Spiritual Gardens What is Meant by the Term Spiritual Garden? August 12, 2009 John Stuart Leslie I use the terms “Spiritual Garden”, “Garden Sanctuary” and “Sacred Garden” interchangeably, for they are all so interrelated that it is only useful to differentiate when the term is appropriate to the context in which it is being used.…
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