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As I get up early every morning, I was outside for two days before breakfast at 8.00 am. See the photographs below I took of the public garden next door the hotel. By 9.00 am we would all assemble in the hotel lobby to be transferred by a colour coordination group theme onto two buses which then took us to different places in Istanbul to see Byzantium history and art.
A dominant feature in the park were the large areas of hand-cut cobble stone paving laid out in curved patterns in many large paths and courtyard areas. This gave the park a very personal feel even though I was the only out there early in the morning. Normally such areas would be paving in grey concrete slabs which would give a very impersonal machine-like feel.
There was a prominent rectangular pool at the bottom of one path. See the photos above. It had a curved dolphin design which would come into play later in the morning with a soft splash of fountain water which was very soothing for park users.
I am very conscious of things like this as I ran a small landscape design and construction company for 20 years from 1975 to December 1995, the year my very severe brain injury. I did very creative, individual designer gardens for wealthy residential clients. I was more an artistic sort of person, a lateral thinker ….. more artist than businessman. I was very concerned with sustainability in a gardening and agriculture sense ….. can certain practices be maintained …..is what you doing now, preparing the way ahead for new life? ….. is this garden going to survive twenty years?
See my blogspot from which was copied onto my personal experiences website: Sheehan Garden Oct 2007
I thought of a landscape as would a sculptor in a solid medium, but I saw it as a three dimensional piece of space which people walked through which had an emotional effect on people. This space changed with time as it grew and changed with the time of day: shadows vs. sun patterns, boulders, colour, plants, trees, earth-forms, solid structures and water. These were the ingredients in a subtle flow of landscape design and construction. Unknowingly I was a landscape sculptor.
The park consisted of plenty of trees planted in planted borders or in garden beds or even down the middle of the paths. Then there would be planted beds of low spreading flower species as illustrated below. These beds gave an inviting park – like feel.
A large water fountain was at the other end of the park. The fountain when running, would give a loud splashing
sound of falling water.
…. Formally hedged steps lead down the front entry of the hotel entry …
…. An informal cafe and coffee shop …the ‘Beltur’ …. is spread over a large terrace at the top of the public garden …. It is very quiet early in the morning but there are heaps of tables and chairs for the crowds later on …
….. The park consists of numerous trees planted in planted borders or in garden beds or even down the middle of the terraces. These give a real three dimensional aspect to the park …..
….. The front entry to the InterContinental Istanbul Hotel ….
….. the formal nature garden of the hotel out the back is a very pleasant change to the more personal and informal nature of the public garden just over the fence ….
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