FOR M. Anand, his garden doubles up as his bedroom and waking up to the panaromic view of Maxwell Hill every morning is bliss.
“I have no air conditioning in my house. At night I sleep at the upper level of my double storey gazebo in my garden,” said the 46-year-old former police officer.
His garden in his double-storey corner house in Taman Tasik Indah, Taiping, is certainly no ordinary place.
To begin with, he changes the theme of his garden at least once a year, and the current theme is “tropical funky” with trees, leafy plants and lighting taking centrestage.
“The choice of plants or trees play a big role in landscaping a garden according to its theme, while the lighting will help to further enhance the effects,” said Anand, a father of three, when met at his home recently.
He said the tropical funky concept came about after watching the movie Avatar.
“The lighting in the forest (in the movie) was an imagination, so I thought of a way to make it look real,” said Anand who is known for creating a firefly colony in a man-made forest in front of his house.
His environmental consciousness is also reflected in his usage of electricity.
“The eight lighting points total up to 80 watts and are not harmful to the plants,” he said, pointing out that a normal spot light unit which used up to 200 watts could be damaging to plants.
Anand said he chose inexpensive plants because his idea of a beautiful garden is not an expensive one.
“It is the design that counts,” he said.
A landscape artist by profession, Anand said he has started planning on his next garden concept - a green home-inspired idea.