Showing posts from December, 2015

Listening for a Deeper State of Calm

Roger Ulrich (of Texas A & M University) found that viewing natural scenes in a hospital aided in recovery by evoking positive feelings and reducing stressful thoughts.

Now, Matilda Annerstedt of the Swedish University of Agricultural Science discovered that we recover faster from stress and our body returns to a normal, harmonious state after exposure to nature and nature sounds as compared to an ordinary indoor setting.

It seems the nature sounds triggered a significantly higher activity in the parasympathetic nerve system which, in turn, calms us. 
The active effect of natural sounds on our wellbeing indicates that we need to add sounds to a hospital setting, right?
Little research has been done in the field of sounds but I think birdsong will do a lot in helping our bio-physiological recovery from the stress of urban life.  

Red Obelisk European Beech - a Winner!

Red Obelisk European Beech is a 2015 Cary Award winner and for good reason!

It is a narrow, columnar tree with wavy, lustrous, burgundy-black foliage all spring and summer.

 Ideal for tight planting areas, it can grow 40 ft. high and no more than 10 ft. wide after several decades. Tolerant of urban pollution so it is good for city landscapes. 

It is a pest-free cultivar, shows good tolerance to road salt, compacted soils and a little light shade (which reduces the intensity of foliage color).

In fall its foliage turns coppery-bronze, holding for weeks, eventually dropping to display a distinct winter-branching outline against the sky.

Plant it  for a strong vertical accent. Or use several trees to form a hedge.

Red Obelisk is quite tolerant of soil conditions - it needs adequate drainage but other than that, fares well in almost all soil types. It  prefer lots of sunlight.

Red Obelisks are able to handle temperatures down to about -30 degrees F. 

Serenity in the Garden - Photos to Enjoy

Here is an eclectic batch of serenity in the garden photos...Enjoy!

Plant An Aromatic Garden


Ten Things I Have Learned by Milton Glaser

This has nothing to do with garden design and everything to do with garden design. (said the Cheshire Cat)

Milton Glaser is a giant in the graphic design art world. And now, after reading this,  I know he is a very wise man. I must share. 

His designs include the I ♥ NY logo, the psychedelic Bob Dylan poster, the Brooklyn Brewery logo. He founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968. And he went to my high school, High School of Music and Art. The artwork shown here was done by Milton Glaser.

Go to the Milton Glaser website for more essays and insights . 

Ten Things I Have Learned by Milton Glaser
Part of AIGA Talk in London     November 22, 2001 1
This is a curious rule and it took me a long time to learn because in fact at the beginning of my practice I felt the opposite. Professionalism required that you didn’t particularly like the people that you worked for or at least maintained an arms length relationship to them, which meant that I nev…