My first garden design lesson was last night. We learnt about the importance of unity. We examined a wide range of images of gardens (show gardens, small gardens and large, famous gardens) and looked at what gave them unity, and what elements gave discord to the scene. Such an interesting exercise, which opens your eyes. As the tutor said, we instinctively know what 'feels right' but we need to learn why we react in that way, and work out which elements bring either unity or discord. Sometimes, a little bit of discord can be a good thing - but you need to have a deep understanding of the rules before you can break them. I don't, so I couldn't.
The challenge our tutor has given us is to start looking critically at gardens and ask ourselves questions.
I look at our garden and I see discord. Oh dear. But at least now I'm beginning to understand why.
*Quotation from Bahá'u'lláh