Friday, November 7, 2008

Teak Garden Furniture

Teak Garden Furniture: Improving The Appearance Of Your Garden
By George Finnerin

Are you a homeowner who has your own garden? If you do and if
you are like many other garden growers, there is a good chance
that you take great pride in your garden. You may not only spend
a large amount of time working on it to make it beautiful and
full of life, but you may also spend a lot of time just relaxing
in your garden area. If you are, have you ever thought about
outfitting your garden area with teak garden furniture? If you
have yet to do so, you may want to think about giving teak
garden furniture a close look.

When it comes to teak garden furniture, there are many
individuals who wonder exactly what is so special about it. If
you were to talk to a lawn and garden expert, there is a good
chance that they would recommend teak garden furniture to you.
One of the reasons why teak garden furniture comes so highly
rated and recommended is because of its dependability. Teak
garden furniture is made from some of the best materials on
earth. As long as you carefully choose your teak garden supplier
or manufacturer, you should have pieces of furniture that may,
literally, last a lifetime.

In addition to its dependability, teak garden furniture is also
well-known for its beauty. Teak garden furniture is beautiful
beyond what many words explain. Its beauty creates elegance and
luxury; elegance and luxury that may be perfect for your garden,
especially if you are interested in turning your garden into a
private, luxurious getaway. Teak garden furniture can transform
a traditional or an average garden, into a thing of breathtaking
beauty. The natural beauty of teak garden furniture makes it the
perfect fit for your garden. Tweak garden furniture doesn’t look
“out of place,” as most other pieces of cheap plastic or metal
lawn and garden furniture often does.

Although we often associate gardens with peace and quiet,
gardens are also home to many social gatherings. If you choose
to have a social gathering in your garden, even just a small
one, there is a good chance that you are proud of your garden
and its beauty. If that is the case, why ruin that beauty with
traditional metal or plastic lawn and garden furniture? Instead,
you will want to complement the beauty of your garden and what
better way to do that than with teak garden furniture. With teak
garden furniture, you are sure to get nothing but compliments
from your garden gathering guests.

It is also important to mention the choices that you will have,
when it comes to outfitting your garden area with teak garden
furniture. If you are interested in doing so, you can only place
one or two pieces of teak garden furniture in your garden or you
can add a whole teak garden furniture set; the decision is yours
to make. When making that decision though, you may want to take
the size of your garden into consideration, as well as how much
free space you would like your garden to have. Many prefer not
to “clutter,” their garden too much and you may want to be
careful about doing the same.

If and when you decide that you would like to outfit your
garden with teak garden furniture, you will want to start
shopping. This is where the fun really begins. When shopping for
teak garden furniture, you will find that you have a number of
different options. For instance, you may be able to choose from
teak garden chairs, teak Adirondack garden chairs, teak garden
benches, and so forth. You actually have quite a selection of
teak garden furniture pieces to choose from. What is even more
amazing is that each piece of teak garden furniture comes in a
number of different sizes, shapes, and styles. What does this
mean for you? It means that you may actually have a difficult
time deciding which piece to buy! That is why a large number of
garden growers actually buy multiple pieces of teak garden
furniture and sometimes even a whole garden set.

If you are interested in buying teak garden furniture for your
garden or even if you are just interested in seeing what type of
garden furniture pieces are available for sale, you will want to
check out With a large selection of
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Garden Design

Garden Design: How To Choose And Place Garden Art In Your
By Deborah Boland

Your backyard should relax and refresh you, but it should also
delight you! Choosing garden art that reflects your personality
and makes you feel good is an important key to creating the
ultimate backyard.

Art can mean many things to many people but basically there are
3 types:

1. Formal Art

Think larger stately pieces that you see in more traditional
backyards, like a classic sculpture of a Greek goddess or a
stone angel. Heavy iron garden ornaments like obelisks and
sundials also work well with most backyard landscape designs.

These pieces create an old-world feel and lend a sense of drama
to the yard. Others might include columns, carved fountains,
birdbaths, and classical architectural salvage.

2. Semi-formal

This is the most popular type because it suits so many styles
of backyards. It‘s more relaxed in theme, a little more
nostalgic and decorative.

For example, light hearted sculptures of animals or children in
concrete, resin or bronze, contemporary metal sculptures of
flowers and insects, stained glass stepping stones, artistic
birdhouses, and hand painted garden pots, copper wind chimes.

3. Informal Art

I call this art “your imagination gone wild”. Everyday objects
are placed in the garden to create art that is fun, whimsical,
and even campy.

I‘ve seen all kinds of items used as garden décor like: old
rubber boots planted with flowers, a nostalgic wire bedroom
headboard , an antique window frame, an old-fashioned bathtub, a
dressmaker’s dummy, and fancy china plates.

Remember that the type of art you choose should be in keeping
with the feel of your backyard but it should also be an
expression of you.

The most important thing is that you should feel some emotional
attachment to your garden art.

Tips for placing Garden Art

In the garden, art becomes a focal point. Your eye is naturally
drawn to it and it commands your attention. So where you place
it is important. Put garden art:

• In a boring, bare part of the yard to add interest and
stimulate conversation

• At the end of a path to add drama

• In any area to add comic relief. I have a cute bronze frog
lying on a back on a lily pad beside my waterfall and pond.

• In front of an ugly spot to hide dead patch

• Directly in line with an unwanted view of the neighbour’s
yard to create privacy

• On a wall or fence to visually break up the long monotonous
line. I have a beautiful concrete painted face hanging on one
part of my fence and a mirror hanging on another to add

• In front of a colourful burst of foliage to punctuate the
space. My classical white bird bath looks gorgeous just in front
of my huge pink rose bush

• Hidden behind some greenery so it just peeks out a little to
create a feeling of antiquity. This will put plants in the

• Within the frame of a beautiful view to enhance the view even
more. My backyard is on the lake and the view is made even more
beautiful by a large fountain of Poseidan the sea God that we
have made part of the view.

• In a rock garden to create feeling of garden gallery. The
rocks are natural pedestals for the art and create a wonderful
playground for eye to bounce around in and land on art.

Don’t forget about the view from inside. Take a look out your
window to see where you might place art so that it draws you out
into the backyard.

Finally, less is more. Too much garden art will make your
backyard look junky. All you need is a few interesting pieces to
personalize your backyard and give it a sense of place.

Deborah Boland © 2006 All Rights Reserved

About the Author: Deborah Boland is the host of the popular
HGTV Canada TV series, Backyard Pleasures and author of Backyard
Pleasures: 7 Simple Steps to Transform Your Ho-Hum Backyard into
a Breathtaking Oasis.


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Basics of Japanese Tea Garden

Basics of Japanese Tea Garden
By Yuggehn Nathan

This article provides an overview of the Japanese Tea Garden
and the culture it promotes among the Japanese Garden lovers. It
also shares information of the basic concepts to keep in mind
when designing a Japanese Tea Garden.

The history of Japanese gardens dates back to the eleventh
century in which distinct and strict rules were established for
garden design. Documented writings describe forms of waterfalls,
materials to be used, relationships of materials, and placement
of the different elements. Also noted are historical references
of garden design and arrangement and actual categories or styles
that included Artificial Hill Gardens (Tsuki-yama), Level
Gardens (Hira-niwa), and Tea Gardens (Chaseki). Much of the
cultural influence came from the Chinese. Their traditions and
Buddhism religion was imported around the sixth century A.D.
which had an enormous influence on the Japanese way of life and
also included gardening as well. The influence could be seen for
more than a thousand years. The native religion of Japan,
Shintoism, emphasized that all of nature, plants, trees, and
rocks were sacred, and many gardens were considered a sacred
place of worship that the Gods would visit. These areas would
actually receive offerings and symbolized not only a place to
worship nature and all of its creatures, but to worship their
creator as well. The Japanese garden has evolved over the
centuries in that it is much more than just an accumulation of
rocks, trees, and other physical elements. It is a symbolism of
belief in a spirit of unique gardens representing people and
their cultures.

The Tea Garden also was introduced to Japan from the Chinese
culture around the sixth century A.D. Because the Buddhism
religion incorporated the use of tea in their ceremonies, did it
not become popular until the thirteenth century. It is still
unclear, but the generally accepted theory is that the tea
ceremony celebrated the Zen beliefs of purity, inner peace, and
simplicity through meditation.

A Japanese tea garden consists of two gardens, one that
includes a waiting area where the guests will be called into the
more formal, intimate, yet rustic structured inner garden. The
outer design of the tea garden usually includes stepping stones
leading to a cleansing area. Here the guests will perform a
symbolic cleansing ritual, freeing themselves of all wrong
doings, evil thoughts, and misfortunes of life. The outer garden
will provide an atmosphere of preparation, which includes the
stepping stones, a lantern, and cleansing area in a very
simplistic setting all designed to prepare for the tea ceremony

The inner tea garden is designed very simplistic and in a
rustic, hut style structure. The atmosphere will be friendly and
intimate. Here is where the tea ceremony is held. All is
symbolic of the Buddhism belief of meditation and appreciation
of the simplistic life cycle. The Japanese tea garden represents
the virtues of Restraint, Politeness, Sensibility, and Modesty.

To summarize, a Japanese tea garden is much more that a garden
of Japanese elements. It is much more than an accumulation of
trees, rocks, water, and plants. It is a Garden of Respect for a
people’s culture and religious beliefs that extend not only
through centuries of the Japanese people, but through centuries
of the Chinese people from which so much influence was

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