A Children’s Garden
My clients for this project in Balwyn North, Victoria also appointed the services of a Feng Shui Master to help them achieve the most life-giving result for their property. Feng Shui is often known as geomancy and is an ancient practice originating from China. Using their understanding of the need to harmonise individuals with their surrounding environment, the Feng-Shui practitioners use formulas and calculations to provide recommendations for the location. This relates to the placement of physical elements, the orientation of the residence on the property and the timing of these actions.
The client and I agreed to wait until after Chinese New Year 2018 to build the Landscape following recommendations from her Feng-Shui Master.
My design incorporated leaving the masonry retaining wall and steps dividing the two levels, install a deck, a Tee Pee and major play equipment components for the upper level, and take advantage of the change in height to add in a slide, climbing rope, and climbing board.
The property included an in-ground water tank, which intruded visually on the area. My design incorporated covering the tank with mulch to keep it out of sight. The area also contains an Enso-Pet innovative in-ground composting system, specifically designed for composting pet waste easily and hygienically. This enables the family to keep the yard free of pet waste, prevents the waste from ending up in landfill and rebuilding the garden soil on a microbial level.
The project is an excellent example of how to use the allowable space in a garden or community area well for the enjoyment of humans, animals and the plants contained within that area. With careful planning, you can add valuable components to an area that sustain the environment and create harmonious balance for all who use it.