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Make The Garden The Center Of Your Domestic Universe

By Jack Wogan

Maybe you’ve got a house with the traditional lawn to mow in the front, and you do not know what to do about it to make it look more personal, or you look for that personal refuge in the back of your house, less exposed and likely to be seen. Who is to tell you not to design this yard or that into a little garden, where to be able to breathe some fresh air, forget about TV or noisy children or pets? Surely, your personality may be put to work so that to make from this insignificant little land plot the very center of your domestic abode.

The reasonable consumer you are may ask about time and money expenditure and measure it against returns. Any garden may become a link to nature, to organic growth and to healthy living. And surely you are interested in nutrition, in the well being of your body. So instead of buying vegetables from unknown sources, why not try to grow yourself some of them in your little garden? You don’t have to try potatoes or eggplants, you can work small and plant what may help you with any soup: some onion or carrots or herbs. You can be more modest if you are scared of physical exertion. The fact is though this time you work for yourself or for your pleasure, so away goes the sense of drudgery that makes any work, requiring whatever amount of effort, so hated and exhausting. You’ll even not feel the exercise, which by the way is so healthy for you.

Besides requiring exercise, a garden is like nurturing some small creatures you yourself conceived. You have the means to play God and create a small world with the skills you got and be proud of yourself. You have to plan and create something out of nothing, be an entrepreneur, think about costs and benefits and do it right. After all, it’s a test.

If these arguments do not seem judicious enough to make from your garden the core of your life, and you would be more tempted by comfort than exertion or exercise, why not try a flower garden? You do not have to consume the result of your hands; you may just look at it and take it in. Beauty has a quieting effect and helps the mind to rest. Surrounded by the smells of your flowers and their gratuitous beauty, you’ll be able to find detachment and comfort at home, to think at ease or just enjoy the quiet so difficult to find in other places.

When buying the house, you knew implicitly that you wanted your garden, once you decide on the type, the garden center waits for you with the seeds of the nourishing or lovely things you have in mind. Either for working outdoors for the benefit of your health or for enjoying sunny days surrounded by congenial plants, the garden may be the reason attracting you back from office, becoming the center of your home.

An Atelier garden studio is a subtle exercise in balance between aesthetics and function, between attention to high technology and natural materials and the effect on their surroundings.

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