Qual­ity QUAR­TERS

EX­PE­RI­ENCE A DIF­FER­ENT STYLE OF GAR­DEN WITH THE CHARHAR BAGH

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Garden -

IN the search for new gar­den styles and amongst the hub­bub of the de­sign­ers’ jib­ber, there are some gar­den oldies that have given guid­ing prin­ci­ples to the evo­lu­tion of what we now en­joy as a gar­den. Monas­tic gar­dens are amongst the ear­li­est ideas of a herb and veg­etable gar­den that in­cluded parter­res, chooks and cit­rus grave­yards where monks were buried. The idea that the lay­out

Monas­tic gar­dens have evolved to be­come or­derly rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the past ab­bot- de­signed util­ity gar­dens with aroma, colour and tex­ture as part of their ther­a­peu­tic val­ues – in ad­di­tion to con­sum­ing them!

Th­ese gar­dens are not en­tirely un­like the Cha­har Bagh of the Is­lamic style, where the court­yards are di­vided into four with a wa­ter foun­tain or fea­ture in the cen­tre. This Per­sian style in­cludes cit­rus and plants of the desert and Mediter­ranean, and they de­pict the four gar­dens of par­adise as de­scribed in the Qu­ran. Th­ese are also fed by wa­ter that has trav­elled hun­dreds of miles un­der the desert and tapped to the sur­face.

The prin­ci­ple has been ma­nip­u­lated and var­ied over time where the ac­tual ‘ quar­ter’ lay­out is not es­sen­tial to be a proper Cha­har Bagh – so long as it has a wa­ter fea­ture, some sort of rec­tan­gu­lar gar­den and geo­met­ric shapes. Small court­yards are ideal for this treat­ment while also us­ing the pea­cock blues and golds of the Mid­dle East for an ex­otic look.

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