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A walk on the wild side; gardens of startling beauty full of design magic and good ideas By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry

Designing By NatureA walk on the wild side; gardens of startling beauty full of design magic and good ideas

By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry


Gardens are a great place to sit and relax. Technically you are not considered a couch potato if you are sitting outside. So relax, kick up your feet and enjoy the ambiance. With a little garden art you can turn this experience into a full action thriller.Designing By Nature


Fountains of life: Fountains are luxury item in any garden. It is the accessory with a strong beauty element. Install only if you have enough space.


Taps and hand pumps: Taps or hand pumps are available easily; you can even have it custom-made or renovate an old one! Most of the pretty gardens we visited had these at the entrance or in a corner. It is an accessory that won’t cost you much and add a little something to your garden.


Garden sculptures: Add color and life to your gardens with sculptures like the ones pictured here.

Ornamental Bird Feeders: Mowing your lawn, trimming the hedges, watering your plants are not the only jobs in a garden. Making it lively is also important so that it feels; looks and sounds like a real garden. There is nothing better than the chirping of birds in the garden. Attracting birds is essential to a garden and although some people might disagree because birds tend to pick on seeds that you spent your precious time in sowing. Bring music to your garden by introducing bird-feeders. You can have them custom-made or buy them from the market. These sleek, sophisticated bird feeders are as ornamental as they are useful, combining craftsmanship and mod appeal.

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Buggies, band-wagons, Tongas make wonderful garden accessories! Surprised? Well, have a look at the ones we photographed and you will agree that they do add a vintage flavor to the garden.

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Sculptured hedges: Have the hedge at your entrance sculptured or around the garden in designs of your choice. Here are a few ideas–


Let your imagination run wild and let the creative side of you take over to give your garden a touch of you.


Creative flower pot ideas… Do try them at home.

This arti­cle was orig­i­nally pub­lished in the print edi­tion of Val­uemag, issue 2, June 2008.

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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