Make A Garden Spiral
© Beverley Paine
Do you have a patch of lawn, or perhaps a bare area in your garden that you'd like to turn into something a little more interesting? What about creating a garden spiral? This is a fun project for all the family. I was originally inspired by a 4 metre wide spiral made of single paving stones laid in a patch of grass, but you can make your spiral of anything, including plants or a continuous gravel path.
We began by marking out a square with tomato stakes and then laying a long rope in a spiral pattern, working our way from the centre to the outer edge of one side of the square. To find the centre, use two ropes crossed diagonally from opposing corners of the square.
Did you know that a spiral is the simplest pattern for a maze? Most people would not think of a spiral as a maze at all, and you might get dizzy walking it, but all maze patterns do spiral into the centre, however they twist and turn on the way.
Spirals look amazing if you put them on a turntable and rotate them slowly!
To help prepare for this activity, why not go on a spiral hunt and find as many spirals as you can? Look around your house, your garden, at the sky, in your sink, in books. You'll be surprised at the number of places you'll find these interesting phenomenon.
Why a spiral? Here are some websites to whet your appetite on your quest for knowledge about spirals. You may find some inspiration to create a truly wonderful spiral, or spirals, to help you start 2006 spinning!
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