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Decide what type of garden you want to grow by looking at gardens others have cultivated. Here are a variety of culturally and historiclaly distinct enclosures, with advice on making them yourself. Establish a private sanctuary for meditation in a carefully arranged Taoist or Zen garden. Discover ways to read the landscape and erect buildings so that positive energy flows freely. See how to choose the elements necessary for these gardens, from different forms of rocks to channeling the movement and flow of any water.
The Islamic garden consists of four sections, in accordance with Muslim theology, and has blue tiles, orange trees, gazebos, and -- most important of all -- water. Find simple ways of achieving this classic design, and of substituting elements should the climate you live in not resemble hot Middle Eastern weather.
Or, like the medieval Christians, turn your garden into a safe space, enclosed and dotted with sumbolic foliage. The walls separate it from the worldly concerns beyond and evoke the protection of the Virgin Mary. Renaissance gardens aimed to balance art and nature so as to reflect the cosmic order. Border the perimeter with plants and trellises, terrace the land, fashion rippling pools of water, and dot the space with statutes of classical subjects.
Few cultures have so mastered the art of gardening as the English, and the knot garden offers a particularly charming example of handiwork. The knot patterns circle continuously, to represent infinity, and must be constructed on level ground and surrounded by hedges. Pick your flowers so their colors convey symbolic value -- red for passion, yellow for royalty, green for remembrance, white for purity.
Fill your garden with healing herbs, make an intimate pleasure park to welcome your friends, keep uncluttered and quiet, or retain its wild, natural state. It doesn't matter whether your space is large or small -- you can create the style you like best.
Beautiful full-color illustrations capture the glory of these magical landscapes, from Persia to Spain, from China to Japan, from England to Italy.