Growing up in UK and spending many summers in Spain, Malta and travelling often to India and Indonesia I have a sincere appreciation of Islamic, Hindu, Sikh architecture and garden design.
Nurturing Peace in the Landscape
It was great to be able to visit the Peace Gardens in Altona Meadows today.
The winter has been blessed with a vibrant display from the native Hardengergia.
Thanks to all those who contributed to the purchase of the plants and materials for the garden.
On the way are native bulbine lily, billy buttons and yellow acacia.
Some years back we designed this garden for Kelly Smith founder of SanChurro Chocolateria.
Unfortunately we had to work with the awful renders and design of the architect developing the extensions. In these photographs the garden also suffered extensive damage from an adorable but crazy dog.
Over time the garden has filled out.
"Green Space Nurture Minds"~ Prof. Marc Cohen
It's good to read Professor Marc Cohen write about the wellness benefits of landscape and nature confirming our own views on designing landscapes with nature in mind.
Prof. Marc writes, ".... through connecting with mother nature we connect with our own true nature; the primordial “deep inner well of our being”, where we can find wholeness, love and peace." and "we have disconnected from nature".
Cheswick Gardens have been designing landscapes with nature in mind for almost 25yrs and our most recent show garden 'The Urban Temple' at MIFGS 2015 pointed to the need for contemplative landscapes within urban settings to correct our disconnection from nature.
Feng Shui in the Landscape
Original article here.
CHINESE buyers are being drawn to Melbourne’s leafy suburbs by top schools, existing Asian communities — and positive feng shui.
Feng shui masters say the city’s northeastern corridor had been considered a desirable place to live by followers of the Chinese practice since 2004, and would continue to be so until the current feng shui cycle ends in 2024.
They said it was therefore no surprise suburbs within the corridor — including Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Box Hill and Doncaster — had become booming property markets driven by Asian investment.
VICTORIA MOST POPULAR WITH FOREIGN BUYERS
The master, who helps clients choose or create feng shui positive homes, said Melbourne’s northeast was desirable as it contained mountains and the ocean was positioned in a southwest direction.
“Feng shui is not just about hanging a few wind chimes around a house, it’s about designing a house to match the environment,” they said.
“A lot of Chinese clients prefer to buy a brand new house, or build or renovate one themselves so it does this.”
Stockdale & Leggo director Mark Brown said he’d recently invited a feng shui master to enlighten agents at his Glen Waverley and Mount Waverley offices about the practice, to help them better work with Chinese clients.
They said the area would continue to be popular until 2024.Source:News Corp Australia
Mr Brown said the fact his suburbs were hugely popular with the Chinese but neighbouring areas, including Springvale and Clayton, were not showed how important feng shui was to the market.
Jellis Craig Doncaster director Dallas Taylor said being able to work with Chinese buyers was simply “part of being an agent” in the leafy east now.
While feng shui was significant, access to schools remains the number one factor bringing Asian househunters to Melbourne’s east.
Mr Taylor said the buyers were typically drawn to Chinese communities, too.
“They tend to buy in groups. There’s a village mentality,” he said. “It’s about location.”
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