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Peter Reader Landscapes

Thanks Ketaki for an insightful article on a side of gardens and garden design that is often overlooked.

In this increasingly noisy world filled with mechanical and electronic sounds and with people focused on screens rather than reality, 'real sounds' can often get blocked out. I always feel there are two sides to this coin. One side is using natural sounds like running water to screen out unwanted sounds whilst the other is creating an oasis where the softer sounds of nature like bird song and leaf movement in the breeze create a real feel of peace and tranquility. The beauty of water in this instance is that it can serve to deliver both.

We are inherently visual beings, so it is all to easy to forget how strong and evocative our 'lesser senses' like sounds and smell can be. Never forget to close your eyes and 'be there in the moment'.

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Ketaki Godbole Randiwe

Thank you Peter for expressing the importance of natural sounds so wonderfully! I feel that creating awareness for this aspect of the garden is key to experiencing the natural beauty with our ears, which we so often forget or ignore. As you have rightly said, only when we close our eyes can we truly open our ears!

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