Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection taps ancient traditions and modern ideas to show you a new way to create a place of peace and contentment outdoors.
We all know that being outdoors in natural surroundings enhances our well-being – our blood pressure drops, our immunity is strengthened and our thoughts even seem to be clearer.
So how can we recreate this at home where we can enjoy Nature’s benefits easily?
I have ways been fascinated by the relationship between outdoor space and its effect upon our peace of mind. This was the impetus for my book, ‘Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection’ (2014, St. Lynn’s Press).
In the book, I draw on my 40 years in the landscape design profession and share my approach to creating inviting outdoor spaces. I explain:
• How to find the ‘power spot’ in a landscape,
• How to use ‘the most auspicious direction’ in your garden
• Which trees are best for adding certain qualities in a landscape.
• Why certain colors are better for a restful atmosphere
I also share how a sheltered corner and a curving flower bed can be used to create a special place where you can enjoy a moment of respite.