Real World Gardener Oriental Themes in Design Elements

February 7th, 2015

 REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website



with garden designer Lesley Simpson.

An oriental garden can be many things-Japanese, Chinese, or Zen.


When you think of oriental gardens, do you think of a quiet peaceful place where you can sit and meditate?

Seems to be a key ingredient-quiet contemplation.

If you want on oriental theme then your garden, whether it’s Chinese or Japanese needs to reflect nature.

So how do you achieve that in a garden? Listen to the podcast?



You can create your oriental garden on a small scale; rocks represent mountains or islands, sand or gravel can represent water, and paths represent your journey through life. Symbolism in the garden is an important part of design."

Also the water feature is very prominent but it doesn’t have to be a waterfall as much as we would like one, it’s probably beyond most of our means.

Perhaps a small bowl that has a little bubbler in it will do the trick?

What do you think?




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