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Archives for January 19, 2017

Avenir homeowners must pay $1800 — plus property taxes and HOA fees

The special taxing district, known as a community development district, allows developers to issue tax-exempt bonds to build and maintain infrastructure. The money from the community development district pays for roads, drainage, water distribution, recreation, common area landscaping and conservation.

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New Master Gardener Class series begins Jan. 25

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Preview: Bent Frequency plays John Cage and other music based on Japanese garden designs

On Friday, January 20 at 8 p.m., new music ensemble Bent Frequency will perform a concert entitled The Sonification of the Japanese Garden, in collaboration with Berlin-based sound artist Michael Fowler. The performance will take place at Georgia State University’s Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, and is presented by GSU’s Center for International and Collaborative Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The show will explore music informed and inspired by the design elements, proportions and aesthetics of the Japanese garden.

Designing a traditional Japanese garden (日本庭園) is a centuries-old landscaping craft, with a goal to create idealized miniature landscapes, often highly abstract and rigorously stylized, whether for meditative contemplation or purely aesthetic enjoyment.

Various types of Japanese gardens include karesansui (Zen rock garden), tsubo-niwa (small courtyard garden), kaiyū-shiki-teien (for strolling) and the simple roji (for tea ceremony). Originally influenced by Chinese gardens, Japanese gardens began to appear in the Asuka period (ca. 5th–7th century AD), had developed their own distinctive aesthetics by the Edo period (1603–1868) and subsequently came to be adapted to settings in Western countries.

The concert will open with John Cage’s “Ryoanji,” based on the direct mapping of the famous Zen rock garden at the Ryōan-ji (竜安寺) temple in Kyoto, Japan. It will also include Toshio Hosokawa’s “Vertical Time Study II” and the world premiere of “Otoniwa,” an audience-interactive work created by Michael Fowler and members of Bent Frequency.

Michael Fowler
Michael Fowler

The program will conclude with Fowler’s “Sesshutei as Spatial Model,” for eight-channel spatialized electronics and live instruments, which makes use of field recordings from the Sesshutei garden at the Jōei-ji (常栄寺) temple in Yamaguchi, Japan, as source material. The garden’s design, as the name implies, is attributed to the eminent 15th-century monk and sumi-e (墨絵) painter Sesshū Tōyō.

Living in Japan from 2002 to 2003 while writing a doctoral thesis, Fowler encountered the art of the Japanese garden. “It became a recurring theme in my creative work and also my research since that time,” Fowler says of the experience. “I ended up doing a post-doc in architecture school, called the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. At this research institute there were a number of different disciplines that came together to look at spatial issues as well as sound and acoustics. So my project [was] examining the Japanese garden as [a] type of spatial exemplar, particularly from the acoustical auditory aspects of those spaces because they are quite interesting from the acoustic aspect.”

Acknowledging Cage’s transmediation of the garden design at Ryōan-ji into music as essentially a model, Fowler similarly transmediated Sesshutei into a sonic environment for “Sesshutei as Spatial Model.” The end effect for the listener, as Fowler describes it, becomes one of a performed “sound garden” in which sounds grow, bloom and die according to the actions of the performers as “sound gardeners.”

“My interest in particular is how these spaces [are] composed and how do those decisions about visual composition influence the acoustic experience, that is, its acoustic signature, because these are very highly codified spaces,” says Fowler. “There are a number of historic treatises that describe guidelines of how a garden should be put together, but because of those considerations there also acoustic qualities that arise out of [them].”

Article source: http://www.artsatl.com/preview-bent-frequency-plays-john-cage-music-based-japanese-garden-design/

Why aren’t my plants growing? Tips for a greener garden

If you have a garden, you quite likely have visions of looking outside and seeing lush green grass, colourful flowers, and majestic trees?

However, that is not always the case, as either your plants are sad and brown or your grass resembles more of a sandpit than anything else. You also try all you can, but nothing seems to work.

If you are keen to get the Top Billing-look for your garden, then put the following hints and tips into practice:

– Water at the right time

Yes, there is a right time to water your plants. Watering your plants in the middle of the day will mean you are fighting a losing battle. Evaporation will lead to most of the water not even having a chance to soak into the ground. The best time to water is at dusk, as that allows most of the water to reach the intended area, and the pesky sun cannot do anything about it! NB: If you have water restrictions in place at the moment, please remember to use water sparingly. Use grey water from the bath or basin as a substitute.

– Right place, right time

Certain flowers only grow in direct sunlight, while others require shade. Certain flowers also only grow at certain times of the year, so it is important to do your research. It is no good placing a pretty plant under a tree if it requires regular sunlight. This also goes for plants that require shade, as the sun will destroy them.

– Do not clutter your flowerbeds

It may look really nice filling up your garden with many different colours and plants, but the reality is that some plants struggle to grow when having to fight for real estate with other plants. Understand the types of plants you have and want to use, and respect that some need space. You will also run into the issue of plants fighting for water, with some losing out and dying out as a result.

– Feed your plants

Water is obviously the element which keeps flowers alive, but things like bone meal and other fertilizers are a must to keep your garden looking in pristine condition. Fertilizers soak into the soil and provide nutrients for the plants to prosper. Combined with water, you have a winning formula which will only lead to a garden the neighbours will envy.

– Keep pesky omnivores away

The more green your garden, the greater the appeal for things like snails and worms. Placing snail and worm bait down will restrict their presence and ensure that you aren’t left with half-eaten leaves and flowers. If you have pets, ask an expert at your local garden centre which the safest course of action is, as you don’t want to poison your dog or cat by accident.

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments section below.

Article source: https://www.jacarandafm.com/lifestyle/why-arent-my-plants-growing-tips-greener-garden/

Plan now with these tips for gardening on a budget

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