Create a Garden For Reading In
We all have our favorite places to read. For some of us, it’s under the covers at bedtime; for others, it’s on the daily commute. But one thing readers have in common is that they will have a pile of books to be read, some in progress and others they want to revisit. It doesn’t matter if you prefer audiobooks, cracking the spine on a paperback or a hardback, or using an e-reader. The garden can be the perfect place to read for hours.
Is there such a thing as a reading garden?
If you have a garden or a balcony, and you read there – indeed, this is already a reading garden? Yes and no. A reading garden has a layout and garden furniture to support hours of reading. It doesn’t have to be complicated; a garden designed around reading can be as simple as a single bench.
But if you’d like to be more elaborate and have warm drinks, cold drinks, snacks, a pile of books, a notebook, and more when you read, you can let your creativity go wild. The idea behind a reading garden is to create a comfortable and relaxing space to read outside of the home.
During the planning stage of your reading garden, you’ll need to decide what you want in the garden and start preparing the space. This could include hiring tree trimming services, leveling out the ground, clearing areas that could be used for seating, and perhaps a large parasol.
Your garden might be used for one or more people. You might have children who like to play the sport in the garden come out, or perhaps they just like to dig for worms and explore. If you have a younger dog and they sometimes like to play and leave toys everywhere, I’m likely going to use your garden furniture for basking in the sun. Think about all of the users your garden has while planning where to have your reading nook.
You most likely know at what point in the day your garden becomes flooded with sunlight, but how often have you paid attention to where it moves and shade around? Where the shade and the light is one of the most important things that you need to prepare for when you’re planning your reading environment, if you use an eReader with a backlight, this isn’t such an issue, but you’re not going to want the full glare of the midday sun on your screen for long.
Stop plotting how the light moves around your garden to make sure you have the parasol and the seating area in just the right place.
And of course, finally and perhaps most importantly, make sure that your seating For your reading space in the garden is soft and comfortable. There is such a wide range of garden furniture now that you can find anything you need, from reclining chairs to upright backed deep chairs and even hammocks.
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