Hidden Heart-Shaped Garden
This heartwarming act of cultivating a heart shaped garden by a farmer in loving memory of his wife is a beautiful sight indeed.
Any act of kindness or remembrance, however small or grand, increases and pays forward one of the most needed commodities on this planet today - the incredible power of love.
Vertical Garden Beautifully Colors Building in Paris
A novel way to bring more life and color into the “concrete jungles” of the world is to create a vertical garden. I vote that every city street have one to make up for the loss of foliage that big inner cities prevent. It literally causes the building and neighboring areas to come to life.
Patrick Blanc, a French botanist, artist and author, whose book, The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City, is considered a classic work on the subject, agrees that when it comes to vertical gardens, the challenges are great and the avenues varied. “In nature,” Mr. Blanc said, “plants grow in many different ways, and when it comes to creating vertical gardens, many things are possible. Different people have different approaches.”
Blanc created the vertical garden (featured above) at the intersection of Montorgueil, Reaumur Sebastopol and the Great Boulevards in Paris. As part of a private initiative to make Paris more eco-friendly, he took seven weeks in March and April to plant the seeds, nurturing over 7,600 plants belonging to 237 individual species. The stunning garden covers 250-square meters on the building’s face and quite incredible. The wall will be officially inaugurated during Paris Design Week in September, 2013.
Vertical gardens can evoke anything from a tropical jungle to a Monet landscape. But because gardens were intended to be horizontal, not vertical, and because water, left to its own devices, flows down and not sideways, they are always challenging to maintain.
Cemetery Garden Mausoleum’s Stunning Design
Created for the dearly departed but experienced by the living, cemeteries are spaces for remembrance and quiet contemplation. For the historic Lakewood Cemetery in Minnesota, which dates back to 1871, HCG Architects and Engineers designed a garden mausoleum that, in their words, “quietly embraces the landscape while offering a contemplative interior experience.”
Built into the hillside to preserve the cemetery’s pastoral quality, the mausoleum’s design protects the historic landscape and provides a representation of the eternal relationship between spiritual and physical worlds.
The horizontal 24,000-square-foot, two-level structure includes six crypt rooms, six columbaria rooms, three family crypt rooms, committal room, and support spaces. The design artfully integrates the exterior garden with its light-filled interior, beginning with a large stair that draws visitors from the mausoleum’s entry to its lower garden level.
The Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum received several architectural and design awards for the newly completed mausoleum and garden. Rather than a dark and cryptic place, this cemetery embraces light and a level of beauty and peace that respects and honors the deceased by preserving the historic landscape for the living.
The Galaxy Garden
Scales models of the solar system, such as the Galaxy Garden, enable students to understand the distances between planets in our own solar system. The Galaxy Garden is located at the Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary in Kona, Hawaii. This 9 acre, non-profit botanical garden contains many unique garden installations. The garden was conceived and designed by John Lomberg and built by him and Barbara DeFranco, Director of the Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary. For many years Lomberg has been inspired by the concept of the Milky Way Galaxy, perhaps more than any other artist. His presentations have appeared in many media, including his Emmy Award-winning work for Carl Sagan’s TV series Cosmos.
The Stunning Wilhelmshöhe Palace & Park
Wilhelmshöhe Palace & Park is a stunning castle and unique landscape park in Kassel, Germany. The area of the park is 2.4 square kilometres (590 acres), making it the largest European hillside park, and second largest park on a mountain slope in the world.
Construction of the park began in 1696 at the request of the Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel and took about 150 years. Originally laid out in the Baroque style of the Italian garden and the French formal garden with water features running downhill in cascades to the Wilhelmshöhe castle, it was later re-arranged into an English landscape garden with water features added in 1714.
During the summer, from May until October on every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon, visitors can watch the magical water show. Additionally, every first Saturday of the summer months this event takes place during the evening with different colored lights illuminating the water, the fountain and the different monuments (picture 2).
Visitors can follow the water’s way as it runs down the cascades, the Steinhöfer’s waterfall (pictures 1), the devil’s bridge (picture 4), until it tumbles down the aqueduct before finally arriving at the lake of the Wilhelmshöhe castle where a fountain of about 50 meters ends the spectacle (picture 3). This system has been in place for more than 300 years. In June, 2013 it was proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which guarantees its preservation and elevates the site’s status as one of the many fascinating man-made structures on our planet.
Glendurgan Garden Maze and Durgan Village, England
On the very southern tip of England you will find the Laurel Maze in Glendurgan Garden in Cornwall. After getting lost in the maze, the garden is stunning for meandering. There’s a swing called The Giant’s Stride, where the kids can get dizzy. There’s even an old schoolhouse located there. The garden drops down into the beautiful hamlet of Durgan Village. Durgan is located on the Helford River, a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles. A romantic and beautiful place to spend the day in England.