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When purchasing watches, no one is questioned with how to wear watches, actually. This appears to be logical and rational. Nevertheless, the simplest things happen to be complicated sometimes. Everything is made from details and details sometimes mean far more than the whole. People who really wander how to wear watches properly exist and they are really concerned in this issue.


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Floral and Landscape Design: Finding Harmony

Thursday, 09 December 2010

floral landscape designFloral design is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition inside or outside the building. Currently popular floristry is one of the trends in floral design.  The evidence of refined floristry is found as far back as the culture of Ancient Egypt.

You should remember that floral design is not limited to decorating living spaces with flowers and plants; it also takes into consideration all the features of the area, from design to its architectural structure, so that the plants are smoothly incorporated into the environment. No wonder floral and landscape design is often called gardening, raised to an art form.

The history of floral and landscape extends across at least 4,000 years of human civilization. Egyptian tomb paintings of the 1500s BC are some of the earliest physical evidence of ornamental horticulture and landscape design; they depict lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of acacias and palms. Another ancient gardening tradition is of Persia: Darius the Great was said to have had a ‘paradise garden' and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were renowned as a Wonder of the World. Today, floral design is the most affordable and effective way of ‘dressing up' the living spaces, as the purchase of new furniture, renovation or rebuilding is not always possible (for financial reasons among others), but you can give a room a completely new look by strategically placing some plants and changing it almost beyond recognition.

Floral design started small, with a bouquet in a vase and some flowers beds near the house, but gradually evolved into an art form. In the middle ages, women were required not only to be good housekeepers but also to be versed in horticulture and landscaping basics. In medieval Europe, monasteries carried on a tradition of garden design and intense horticultural techniques. Rather than any one particular horticultural technique employed, it is the variety of different purposes the monasteries had for their gardens that serves as testament to their sophistication. As for gardening practices, records are limited, and there are no extant monastic gardens that are entirely true to original form. Generally, monastic garden types consisted of kitchen gardens, infirmary gardens, cemetery orchards, cloister garths and vineyards. Individual monasteries might also have had a ‘green court', a plot of grass and trees where horses could graze, as well as a cellarer's garden or private gardens for monks who held specific posts within the monastery.

There is evidence that first winter garden was built in 1240 in Cologne specifically to welcome the King of Holland; it was a small building with the green trees and blossoming plants - mind that the King's visit occurred in winter. However, regular winter gardens emerged in 17th to 19th centuries when European nobility would construct large conservatories that would house tropical and subtropical plants and would act as an extension of their living space. Many of these would be attached to their main palaces. Winter gardens were not just restricted to private residence; many were built for the greater public.

Today, floral and landscape design has acquired special significance. In addition to beautifully transforming any interior, plants also make air fresher and improve the environment which is highly valuable in the world of plastic and metal and artificial materials. And do not forget about the aesthetic component: floral design allows feeling the breath of nature in our highly industrialized world.

With the ever-growing interest in the natural world and flowers, the floral industry continues to grow. The increase in educational institutes providing training in floral design has expanded to many state universities as well as certified design schools worldwide. Departments of landscape architecture are located within university schools of architecture or environmental design, with undergraduate and graduate degrees offered. Specialties and 'minors' are available, such as in horticultural botany, horticulture, natural resources, landscape engineering, construction management, fine and applied arts, and landscape design history.

Other routes of training are through informal apprenticeships with practicing landscape designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, gardeners, nurseries and garden centers, and docent programs at botanical and public gardens. Since the landscape designer title does not have college degree or licensing requirements to be used, there is a very wide range of sophistication, aesthetic talent, technical expertise, and specialty strengths to be responsibly matched with specific client and project requirements.

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