Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Garden of Perpetuity

Travel the world at this year's Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers. The seven Showcase Gardens are influenced by gardens from around the world. Expect these garden styles: French, Japanese, English, Portuguese, Grecian, Persian and Chinese. Each will offer ideas to use in your own gardens. The garden creators—designers and contractors—will be on hand to answer your questions and as resources for your future landscaping plans.

Just reading the description of the Chinese Garden brings a sense of calm and timelessness:

Transcend time with a visit to a garden of perpetuity. Like the familiar bamboo, which symbolizes past and future, Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping unites over 3,000 years of traditional Chinese garden design with modern resources and local Northwest materials to create a space that honors tradition through innovation.

Your personal journey begins with an alluring first glimpse of "nature in miniature" through leak windows. As you enter this hidden space, soothing reflections of shimmering water beckon you into a timeless retreat, where the traditional five elements speak to all your senses in harmony of Qi, the balance of energy in all things.

Feel strength in the rockeries. Experience softness at the water pond. Appreciate integrity and courage in the resilience of plants. Integrate with nature as you sit under a pergola enjoying refinement and reflection in classic Chinese poetic inscriptions.

Where will timeless inspiration take you?

Ahhhh. I’m still amazed that “gardens of perpetuity” can be created in just four days for those willing to step through the doors of the Yard, Garden & Patio Show (check out the time lapse video from last year; we’ll be doing another time lapse video this year, too). Somehow—with lots of muscle, imagination, bark dust and probably a bit of fairy dust—they manage it every year! I hope you’ll join us to see how elements from the world’s iconic garden styles can be embraced and incorporated into our own Northwest gardens.

Do you have a favorite world garden style?

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