Create a Garden Getaway

A secluded garden retreat can be a great place to get away from it all and enjoy your own little corner of nature.  Even if you yard is small or serves a variety of purposes (suah as a vegetable garden, kids play area, pool, etc.), you can still carve out a portion that’s dedicated to relaxation.

Your retreat doesn’t need to be large – a space as small as 8 feet square can become a cozy garden getaway.  Choose a shady spot or add your own shade with a gazebo or canopy. Use plantings (think hedges and tall perennials) to shield your getaway from the rest of the yard.  If your property offers a scenic view, position your getaway to take advantage of it. 

Once you’ve prepared your getaway space, it’s time to think about the details.  Comfortable seating is a must and a table will allow you to dine outside.  Then add garden accessories like a small fountain, candles, wind chimes and small potted plants.

Get more ideas for your garden getaway at Better Homes and Gardens.

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Date: Friday, October 08th, 2010
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    With all the risks of skin cancer that we are aware of today, I’m at a loss as to why anyone would want to sit in the direct sun for any length of time. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors without risking your life.

    With choices that range from gazebos to lattices to pergolas, it is easy to arrange for a shady spot outdoors. Even your life inside your home can be helped by the use of blinds, shutters, shades and window awnings.

    Think safety the next time you go outdoors for an extended time. Bring your own shade, or use a quality sun screen with a high SPF. Your life may depend on it.

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