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English Gardens- Tips from a Pro

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying thisgarden history unit.

I want to talk to you today about the mid1700s english garden and the different influences that era has on landscapes today and how youcan apply some of the features in a modern-day landscape.

And my name is Katrina Lansman.

In the early 1700s English gardens were influencedby French garden design.

Then, because of political conflicts betweenEngland and France many gardens were destroyed and a new naturalistic approach was developed.

The “new” english gardens involved windingpaths and open lawns.

The English created gardens that utilizedthe existing topography and even included grazing cattle and sheep.

English design really began to capitalizeon numerous views within the landscape.

Remember though, everything was supposed tolook natural, with large rolling lawns, large lakes, and clumps of trees.

But, don’t be fooled, the lakes and clumpsof trees were carefully planned.

The english also included two main structuresin their designs.

Ha-ha’s and follies.

A Ha-ha is a fence to keep cattle or sheepin, but a ditch is dug where the fence gets built so that the fence does not obscure theview of the large lawn.

A folly is a constructed building that isprimarily for decoration or an accent in the landscape A folly would be carefully placed along withthe trees to make sure there was a new view around each wind of a path.

The image on the bottom in the middle isfrom the movie Pride and Prejudice if you are familiar with the scene including the folly.

Examples of these English style gardens areCentral Park in New York City, New York.

Iowa State University’s campus in Ames,IA.

You will find that most universities’ campuseshave a mid 1700s English style and feel.

Fun fact, Iowa State University’s campusand central park were both designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

If you want to create a design with Mid 1700’sEnglish style influence, you could incorporate a large lawn, informal planting designs, theuse of larger trees, follies, winding paths, and maybe you even let a sheep roam aroundto help keep your lawn trimmed.

Just remember to keep the scale of the designin mind.

Thanks for watching! This has been part of the Online Garden DesignCourse through the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University.

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Chinese Garden Design Tips

Here I am today in Nan Lian Gardens in Kowloon which is a classic example of chinese garden design it was constructed in 2006 I'm super excited today to walk around unfortunately though, it's raining and I'll take some videos show some of the design examples that could use in your own front or back garden based on Chinese garden design The gardens based on the Tang dynasty style of chinese garden design it covers 3.

4 hectars in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong and it's a fantastic example of traditional Chinese garden design as it uses both rocks and pruned manicured trees to represent nature at its most perfect so its design guide is to help give you some hints and tips to get the most out of your Chinese garden design So the first step is to try and keep your designs free-flowing as possible trying to avoid hard sharp edges right angles or anything that looks too manufactured.

You want things to feel natural and flow.

Soft curves can make the transition through various parts of the garden feel really relaxed and give a sense of discovery the next step which is a focal point or even a borrowed view.

A borrowed view is a term used in garden design quite frequently what it means is that rather than trying to mask off or hide something in the distance you actually use it to your advantage play to its strength in the case of the Nan Lian garden, it's a skyscrapers that sore above the garden and by using that as the borrowed view it actually gives the garden far greater scale pulls those buildings in to make it look like it's a cohesive part of the garden design The next tip would be the art of extension.

What do I mean by this? What it means is that you want a visitor someone in the garden to look around it What's over there? What's round the corner? What's just over that hill? By using the art extension you're actually guiding a visitor around the garden providing and the last tip is that of repetition.

By using similar materials throughout the garden trees or specimens you can invoke a sense of unity in the garden and that's what gives the Chinese garden design it's real strength it's the consistency the fact you'll be using groups of similar rocks or trees together as if it were in the wild but clearly this is a very well-put-together idea so that your garden visitors know that this has been designed it's not hodge podge, it's not thrown together, it's very well-considered really relaxing and natural and that's quite hard balance to get.

It wouldn't be fair I didn't do a short segment incredible bonsai that I found in the garden and here we have the bonsai tree selection which are small manicured trees I did say it's going to be very short! So let's just recap on the design tips that we've gone through that the first one is to keep it natural the second tip is to use a focal point of borrowed view, the third tip is to use extension to lead people around the garden and the last tip is repetition, repetition, repetition! If you like this video why not check out some other clips on youtube channel I've been Garden Ninja, thanks for watching!.

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Natural Home Decorating Tips : Environmentally Safe Products for the Home

The biggest challenge in decorating your homeis finding out what really is good.

There are a number of products on the market thatare extremely toxic and in my mind should not be sold to the public.

Products that theyknow have formaldehyde and all these adhesives and glues are extremely toxic.

They are linkedto all kinds of cancers and personally I wouldn’t have them in my home.

Anything that is boundwith glues and stuff, those are the most toxic.

Paints and paint thinners are something youhave to be really careful about, and there are lots of choices on the market and that’swhat I’m going to do here today is show you the choices, the options you have to decorateyour home with, natural healthy supplies, materials.

We have everything from solid woolcarpet rugs, which are made out of all wool, we have flooring that is made from bamboo,we have flooring that is made from cork, we have throw rugs which I really encourage peopleto not have wall to wall carpeting in their home, to use natural floor rugs, throw rugs,like cecil, hemp, 100% cotton, organic cotton, silk, there’s linen, leather, there’sa number of options to use on your floor.

We have everything from water based paintsyou can use on your walls.

It’s not just brown and more brown, there’s blues, there’sgreens, there’s oranges, there’s reds, there’s yellows.

Every color in the spectrumyou need that is water based and healthy for you to use, you just have to go out and searchfor it.

There’s all glass tiles that are made from recycled glass, so, in helping theenvironment by being recycled, it’s also a beautiful product.

It’s being used twice,it’s not just something that stayed around one time, it’s being used twice and youcan incorporate that in, it’s all healthy, it’s solid glass.

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Natural Home Decorating Tips : Recycled Tile for Natural Home Design

Now we’re going to talk a little bit aboutthe recycled products.

The terrazzo type countertop material is usually a ¼ inch, you can evenorder it thicker than the ¼ inch, ½ inch, and it does have to have underlayment so itdoesn’t crack or anything.

But it’s recycled glass, granite, and concrete mixture and it’scompressed together and it does have a mesh in it to hold it together so it’s reallystrong, I mean it’s just as strong as granite.

It’s a wonderful option, it’s beautiful,it looks like natural stone and you can put it anywhere, you can put it in a master bedroom,a master bathroom on the countertops, you can put it in an elegant kitchen on the island.

There’s a number of places this can go.

There’s I think 36 colors in this typicalbrand and there’s lots of other brands out there that make this kind of product.

There’salso the terra classics which are from recycled glass and they have a number of the… here’sthe typical natural colors that are from the earth, and then they’ve gone and expandedand added all the new colors, they’ve got some great colors, the citrine, aquamarine,peridot, sapphire, they even have like a purple sapphire which is a light lavender, and theseare colors, these are like decorator colors and they’re still in you know, you can usesomething like this recycled glass tile.

You can also use something like this one here,it’s a reconstituted concrete, paper, and fly ash in this one.

It’s solid, I’veactually personally not seen this one on counters yet, but with it coated with a sealer it’sbeautiful, it’s got a real smooth solid color to it, and it looks just like a firedclay tile without the ceramic on the top.

You would just have to seal it with a naturalclear sealer.

So that’s one of the other options there.

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