How Other Cultures Bring The Inside Outside To Their Gardens
Spending time outside is good for the soul and every once in awhile we all need some sunshine and some Vitamin D. On my travels across the globe, I’ve always been interested in other cultures and how they live, especially when it comes to the home and family. In this week’s blog, I’m exploring how different cultures bring the inside outside to their Gardens.
Japanese gardens never fail to amaze me. So much colour, carefully planned light and trickles of water to be heard around the garden. To bring the inside outside, a traditional Japanese garden features low level seating, Acer trees growing in colours similar to the many herbs and spices that feature in traditional Japanese dishes and one or two subtle ornaments.
When I think of Spain, I think of huge family gatherings, bright colours and the aroma of delicious Paella and Sangria. Spanish gardens are often a nod to this way of life. Huge tables sit underneath pergolas, dressed with brightly coloured climbers and lots of lanterns. Walled gardens often feature around borders to accommodate plenty of friends and family members and many a lemon tree can be spotted – conveniently placed for chopping and adding to fresh fish dishes. A true extension of the home.
There’s no doubt about it – the gardens of Morocco can feel like rooms themselves. Cushions and throws in bright colours laced with gold feature on benches, hammocks and rugs. Feature walls with huge splashes of colour, often in deep blue, red or yellow and an array of terracotta pots, mosaic print tableware and plenty of sunshine. The heat, the colour, the mood – all symbolise that of a home in Morocco; the heat from the tagine, the colour of the spices and the relaxed mood of friends and family gathering.