Sunday, November 29, 2009

Idyllic retreat of the outdoor garden

Sit back, relax, and feel the essence of nature in a place that is entirely in tune with your surroundings, a place that responds to your emotions and sense of well being. Feel the sun, the rain and the breeze. Escape the chaotic urban life with your ultimate green sanctuary. Meditative water feature, rock composition, and perfected courtyards continue to inspire design solutions today.

A Zen garden. The act of raking the gravel into a pattern recalling waves or rippling water has an aesthetic function. Zen priests practice this raking also to help them focus their concentration. Achieving perfection of lines is not easy. Rakes are according to the patterns of ridges as desired and limited to some of the stone objects situated within the gravel area. Nonetheless often the patterns are not static. Developing variations in patterns is a creative and inspiring challenge.

I was looking for some water feature ideas for our outdoor wet kitchen. These floating effect stepping stones look perfect for our space.

This graphic above shows more or less like our side walkway from front yard to the outdoor kitchen at the back.

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