Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In Plant Information Class Today We Looked at Color, LED's, Fractals and More...

For those who attended Plant Information class today here's a list of the links I mentioned and some I didn't mention as well:

Feng Shui and Garden Design:



Feng shui garden design may be good way to design a relaxing garden:

6 Easy Steps to Feng Shui Garden Design
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...but just keep in mind the concept that we are prey and like to see what can sneak up on us and you've got a lot of what feng shui is about. 


New Outdoor LED Lighting and Gardens:

Outdoor lights have come a long way since the low powered 'Malibu Lights' of the past. Right now chinese factories are pumping out all kinds of outdoor LED lights, including spot lights, string lights, LED fluorescent lights etc. and their varied spectrums and energy saving properties now make outdoor lighting almost environmentally responsible (attention still has to be paid to observatory obsoleting light pollution and possible plant and algae growth considerations, but at least these don't rule out LED lights altogether, they just mean you have to pay attention to the wavelength of light coming from them -something that's easy to do with most LED's discrete wavelengths). Check out these links below to examples of LED's used in landscaping and companies offering LED outdoor lighting. 




Interior. Beautiful Minimalist Garden House Interior Design: Glowing Blue Colored Fences For Garden House ~ Ciiwa
led landscape lighting - Google Search
Lee Eunyeol’s Stunning LED Landscapes Light Up the Night Starry Night by Lee Eunyeol - Gallery Page 4 – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
LED Light Bulbs, LED Lighting, LED T8 Fluorescent Tubes - LED Liquidators Inc.
CabLED 6 ft. Indoor/Outdoor LED Ribbon Light Starter Kit-S008K35HW-A0-A1 at The Home Depot
Outdoor Led Ribbon Lights, Outdoor Led Ribbon Lights Products, Outdoor Led Ribbon Lights Suppliers and Manufacturers at Alibaba.com
Accent - LED Landscape Lighting


Fractal Garden Design:

Something that's not been used much in garden design but should be are fractal based designs. Check out the links below for some fractal gardening ideas, including Arthur C. Clarke's explanation of fractals and several pages showing fractal generated landscapes. 



The Garden of Cosmic Speculation | That's How The Light Gets In
Fractal Gardens Can Be Rolled and Arranged into Infinite Patterns | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
▶ Weird planet II - Amazing 3D fractal landscape - YouTube
Purity Ring - Lofticries - Fractal Landscape - YouTube
▶ Crazy Fractal Worlds - Terrain Rendering 3 - YouTube
Fractals in Nature - YouTube
Fractals - Hunting The Hidden Dimension [Full - Hd 720p] - YouTube
Deepest Mandelbrot Set Zoom Animation ever - a New Record! 10^275 (2.1E275 or 2^915) - YouTube
Arthur C Clarke - Fractals - The Colors Of Infinity - YouTube
Imaginary Voyages Pt 7 Fractals and Soundscapes - YouTube
Imaginary Voyages Pt 4 Fractals and Soundscapes by Landscape Windscreen - YouTube
Deepest Mandelbrot Set Zoom Animation ever - a New Record! 10^275 (2.1E275 or 2^915) - YouTube


Color and Gardening:



The links below (especially the PBS video) are good primers on using color in the landscape. 

The Effect of Color (PBS Video)
Landscape Basics: Color Theory | CAES Publications | UGA
▶ The Garden Gurus - Psychology of Colour - YouTube
The Garden Gurus - Psychology of Colour - YouTube
Using Color in the Landscape


English vs. French Gardening:



Ever wonder why class-based Great Britain did not experience a class revolution like the French did? The answer might well be the type of garden design that became popular just after the French Revolution in England; the Parkland style -a style that incorporated the aristocracy's estate landscaping into that of the English countryside, thereby fostering a sense of stewardship rather than the feeling of ownership fostered by the 'outdoor room' style of French estate gardening in pre-revolution France. So...

...compare Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's Gardens:

▶ Sheffield Park Garden! USELESS TREES - YouTube
British Gardens: Stowe & Herstmonceux - YouTube

With that of the French emperor:

▶ Versailles, from gardens to Trianon palaces - YouTube

...which one would you feel more comfortable in (assuming you didn't own them). 

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