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How Seating Helps To Define A Mood In The Garden

The seating you choose for your garden is a reflection of the mood you’re trying to create.

Everything from a simple bench to an artistic or architectural piece makes a statement or suggestion.

Here are photos of some of my favorites:

My garden – looking out towards meadow

 

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Public Gardens and Spaces in Tel Aviv

The city of Tel Aviv is 102 years old. It gave birth when immigrants from Europe came pouring into Israel. Due to the overcrowded conditions in the ancient Mediterranean city of Jaffa, in April 1909, a few dozen families decided to build a suburb. At the time, there were only a couple of streets in Tel Aviv, along with piles of deep sand and some citrus groves. The Tel Aviv population grew quickly; Meir Dizengoff, the head of the local council, realized that he needed to design a well thought out plan for the expansion of Tel Aviv.

He hired Sir Patrick Geddes, a Scottish urban planner, biologist, and philosopher, along with a plethora of other talents.

“This is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and all dependent on the leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: and we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests.”
- Patrick Geddes

Gedde’s plan was to make Tel Aviv a garden city with tree lined pedestrian boulevards and a separation between main and residential streets. His design included shared public spaces; squares and parks on major boulevards and in residential areas.

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A shaded, eucalyptus allee that leads from one end of Gan Meir Park to the other

 

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The Best Cities for Recycling

Since moving to the center of Tel Aviv this past winter, I’ve experienced how a major city deals with its recyclables and trash collections. I’ve found the system here to be lacking in efficiency, environmental awareness and creativity. So, with my curiosity picqued and the internet beckoning, I got online to see what’s been happening in other cities. Continue Reading →

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