Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Theaters, Pond Filters, and Reading Rooms: Elements of a Thriving Botanical Garden

Expert gardeners know that any botanical garden has different features, but elements that make the gardens unique from one to another, depending on the purpose of the botanical garden. Many botanical gardens are associated with universities or museums for the purpose of conservation and experimentation. Others are for personal or community enjoyment. Whether your botanical garden is an educational project or merely a thing of beauty, here are a few excellent items to keep your botanical garden beautiful and growing for years to come.

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Theaters
A theater is a must-have element for a community garden. Hosting events, educational speakers, and even plays are the type of events that encourage the community to come to the garden and enjoy it, as well as potentially generate revenue for your garden. It doesn’t have to be a big theater. Simply install an open area with removable chairs and tables, surrounded by the beautiful orchids, foliage, and ponds in your botanical garden. Consider using stone or tile for the floor, or stained cement to keep a natural theme within the garden. Create enough space for several people to sit and watch, but also have enough space to accommodate a small, removable stage, or tables up front. Many gardens host events for individuals to learn a new skill – especially to do with gardening or nature. Events for adults might include flower arrangement, caring for exotic orchids, building a garden pond, or caring for bonsai trees. Children’s events are also a great way to draw the larger community in. Consider partnering with local schools in your theater to draw a larger crowd. You could teach basic gardening, classes on photosynthesis, or drawing and painting.

Ponds
A great botanical garden has plenty of ponds, bringing the fresh scent of water and the invigorating sound into the space. Ponds also create a serene and soothing visual experience, especially with exotic flowers that need more humidity and moisture to thrive. It’s important to keep water moving and to filter the water. Stagnant water in a controlled space can be a harbor for insects and bacteria if not properly filtered. Swallow Aquatics has many pond filters in a variety of sizes, which work well for botanical garden ponds. You’ll want to consider the size and capacity of your ponds when choosing a filter. Install and hide the filter behind water vegetation, so your garden can be both practical and beautiful. Every botanical garden needs ponds for visual as well as audio enhancement. Stones make a great surround for the pond to keep natural elements in your pond. Water flowers, koi fish, moss, and ducks are also great elements alongside your pond in your botanical garden.

Reading Rooms
Research libraries are a great place for botanical gardens. They tend to be places academics will go to study rare books or work on their dissertations. Create a space within your botanical garden where students and teachers can come to research and write. Botanical gardens tend to be inspiring places that generate new thoughts and create space for creative and innovative thoughts to happen. A reading room doesn’t have to be a difficult space to build. A library is typically separate from a book room to environmentally protect the books in it, but the reading room can be in more of an outdoor space with comfortable chairs, tables, and couches under an overhang that creates shade. You’ll want to provide outlets and wifi for patrons. To generate income, consider serving coffee or small snacks. The beautiful surroundings will inspire great thoughts.


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