The human desire for more than a subsistence lifestyle is fulfilled, to a large degree, by the beauty and visual satisfaction we find in gardens. The organization of gardens at different times in history and in different places has been based on assumptions about ‘man’s relationship with nature’. Gardens emphasize the two worlds we live in; the one in which we seek to control our natural environment or the real world, where nature is often in awe inspiring control. Floods in Queensland, tornadoes in America, earthquakes in Italy and Japan, all are realities of nature we would prefer not to face. Gardens are often seen as an allegory for the cycle of human life and death. They have a divine, inspiring or animating influence. They are a complex form of visual artistic expression. In a garden an observant visitor will never see exactly the same thing twice.
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Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.