With warmer weather on the horizon, thoughts naturally "migrate" to outdoor activities and fun in the sun. And for those of us that enjoy the escape provided by a good book and nature's divinity, a Reading Garden holds happily-ever-after potential.
First, let me go on record here as admitting that I am not an "expert" on the subject. I actually stumbled upon it recently while doing some blog browsing and I was hooked on the concept.
You can read more here at Sweatpantsandcoffee.com: http://sweatpantsandcoffee.com/creative-lifestyles-create-outdoor-reading-garden/
and here: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/reading-garden-design.htm
WHAT IS A READING GARDEN?
A reading garden is an extension of your living space that allows you to create a special nook outdoors to get lost between the pages of a good book or two, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature.
WHY CREATE ONE?
More and more these days, people are seeking to make their homes the ideal "sanctuary," due to the expense, inconvenience, and hassle of travel to distant lands and posh resorts.
"Stay-cations" are increasing in popularity.
And think about it... a Reading Garden is an opportunity to be creative, have fun, and increase the functionality of your backyard. It need not be reserved just for barbeques!
THINGS YOU'LL WANT TO CONSIDER...
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A Reading Garden, much like an office space, should be a reflection of your personality, lifestyle, and spacial considerations.
Plan out your space and design beforehand. Depending upon your know-how and budget, the services of a professional landscaper might be warranted.
For a successful project, let's explore a few things of importance here.
- You'll want to choose furniture that is comfortable, attractive and weatherproof. A good sturdy table umbrella is a smart choice as well.
- If you don't have a "green thumb" or the desire to do a lot of maintenance or upkeep, opt for something simple like a bird bath, rock garden, and solar lights.
- Make the most of your experience; have herbal teas, Citronella candles, and a set of head phones to block out surrounding noises on hand.
- Outdoor "pits" can also add warmth, interest and ambiance.
I'll let you know how mine develops in months to come. That is, if I'm not immersed in another project that tickles my fancy...
How about you? Do you have a reading garden? Would this be of interest? What books or "niceties" would yours include?