Gardens around the world are usually referred to a majestic beauty that depicts the awesome creation of God given as gifts to humankind. The idea of people being fond of gardens could be based from a biblical account that attests to the fact that the earth, when the first human creatures were introduced to the earth, everything in their environment is a perfect picturesque of an incomparable garden.
Through historical reports, kings and queens, emperors and other rulers alike of many countries such as England, Japan, China and Egypt, have had their own unique design of gardens that surround their palaces and offices. These gardens have made a great conclusion on the idea of people wanting to have a better environment than simply relying on the industrial systems of the present society.
As for me, the garden that I plan to have is a typical garden design that is found infront of a house’s lawn. The centerpiece would be a circular stairway of flowers that are arranged according to their kind and size. The top most flowers would be those that of sunflowers while the ones that follows the trail going down the stairway would be of red wild roses. Around the said stairway would be a manmade falls below the stairway design. From the falls stretches a wide circular pebble-laden ground surrounding the falls below the stairway design of flowers.
From the pebbles end curves, there would be some trees and below the trees are flower-bearing orchids that would be stuck within the bark of the trees. Each tree would be the base of a bridge that would lead towards the staircase of flowers and under the
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bridge runs a river-like design that would lead back to the manmade falls as mentioned earlier. Along the river-like creation, lilies would be flowing and growing. There would be at least eight trees that would be situated around the garden where the bridges would be situated. Aside from this, the top of each tree would have nests of birds that would attract them to stay and live in the garden.
The design of the garden that is pictured in this paper is based from the landscape philosophy of the Harmonic ideal. As it could be seen, I have made the garden a picturesque of all the elements of nature. Heaven, earth and man, which is based from the Chinese and Japanese garden creations, could be found in this design. The stairway design of the flowers depicts the said levels of authority and creation on earth. The sunflowers are situated at the top of the design as it follows the sun’s light making it a clear symbol of the heavenly like authority. The roses both depict the earth and man as they come below the sunflower. The man-made falls that surrounds the base of the stairway design towards the trees situated at the end of the circular design of the pebbles around the garden then depicts the continuous energy of life that the pure hearts of men posses.
The bridges are the ones depicting the man-created beauty that contributes to the natural beauty of the environment provided by the creator of the earth. This gives an emphasis on the idea that “no matter how small a human element seemed in comparison with the majestic mountains and seas, the scene was not complete without some indication of human presence” (Bring, et al., 384). The trees that are supposed to host the growing wild orchids and the nests of the birds would depict a continuous flow of living.
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The Harmonic ideal makes it certain that “the universe is in a constant change,, a continuing process of growth and decay, creation and destruction, life and death. Everything is subject to this process and nothing remains static” (Bring, et al., 383).
The element of the garden that has been planned here are all moving and changing which directly attest to the said theory. Except for the pebbles, since they depict the problems that may seem to hinder people from moving on with their lives freely. However, without them the garden would not be complete, the same as life would not be complete without the existence of tests and trials that makes people stronger. Yes, everything must be in balance and in a state of continuum.
Whatever the design of a garden may be certainly depicts the ideal character and beliefs of the creator. In this manner, the garden that I have designed actually portrays the balance of life, which I believe in. A balance that is necessary in human living that allows everyone to survive the different trials of time and yet enjoy their lives to the fullest.
Gardens do not only serve as aesthetics to the human environment. It also serves as a relaxing place where people could unwind and release their tension from living in a stressful world. Hence, it is important that a landscaper or a garden designer see to it that the design of the garden to be made would be much soothing to the eyes and to the soul of the one who would be using the are as a place of relaxation. God has provided man with an instinct and an eye for beauty. Utilizing this gift would them allow man to create beautiful places and give the earth a chance to be reborn.
Bring, Mitchell and Josse Wayembergh. Japanese Gardens: Design and Meaning. McGraw-Hill, 1988.
Itoh, Teiji. Space and Illusion in the Japanese Garden. Trans. Ralph Friedrich and Masajiro Shimamura. New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill and Tankosha, 1973.
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