Having your own Reading Garden

One of the newest trends in community landscaping is the “reading garden”. What is a reading garden? It’s the perfect place to enjoy a great author and the great outdoors at the same time. Community reading gardens are cropping up in public areas ranging from outside public libraries and schools to city parks. They are community spaces where reading and reflection can be grown and nurtured. With a few modifications, you can turn your patio, deck or backyard into your very own reading garden.
your own Reading GardenHere are some helpful hints for creating a reading garden in your backyard.
Some essentials include a quiet area, a garden bench or hammock, shade and light and flowers and plants for inspiration and beauty. Think of color, shape, atmosphere and scent.

You may also want a weather-proof place to sit, of course, and a place for resting your novel and a cup of tea. Ideally, put the reading area under an awning or in a small gazebo so that a minor drizzle won’t send you indoors.

Start by taking a look at your yard and deciding where you do or where you would enjoy sitting. Then design an area around it for privacy and reflection.

Think color: I don’t know about you but color inspires me. So make sure you have lots of colorful plants around the area. If you’re on your patio you may need to use containers to provide a place for those plants to grow. Consider whether you want to spend more time reading or gardening, and choose high or low maintenance flowers and plants to accommodate that. I love perennials but annuals are very colorful and usually bloom all summer so they may be the better choice here.

your own Reading GardenThink shape: You want a space that makes you feel comfortable and cozy. As mentioned earlier a gazebo is a great way of achieving this, but there are other ways. For privacy and quiet, try a hedge or screen of ivy. A border of flowers, plants, stones or shrubs can set off your outdoor “reading room”. If there’s no tree for shade, try taller shrubs, bushes or growing ivy on a trellis or pergola.

your own Reading GardenThink atmosphere: Atmosphere is very important. If this space is not quiet enough then it is not relaxing and it is hard to concentrate on what you are reading. If it is not private enough then you may have the same problem. You want to be comfortable. No one will sit and read long if what they are sitting on is hard and uncomfortable. A comfortable garden bench or a relaxing patio chair and ottoman will fit the bill.

Think scent: There is nothing nicer than smelling the roses so to speak. The fresh scent from your flowers will excite the mind and help it come alive with pictures in the mind created by the words on the page. So it is important to choose flowers that will fill the air with fresh scents.

After you have created your very own reading garden the final step is the simplest. Open up a book and experience the beauty and inspiration of your reading garden.

Beautiful spaces can create beautiful minds!

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