Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Gardening is an instrument of grace. "
Friday, April 15, 2011
I spent a part of my childhood living near Brooklyn Bridge...back then, us kids didn't venture down to the river even though our elementary school, P.S. 8, was in its shadow. The neighborhood by the waterfront was sketchy, filled with abandoned piers, parking lots and dilapidated industrial buildings. I would go home to my little apartment and dream of trees and flowers.
On Thursday, April 21 the landscape architects of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and Jennifer Klein, Dir. of Capital Operations at Brooklyn Bridge Park will give a tour of the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park. (click on text for info). The tour will be of the Pier 1 and Pier 2 tidal pool.
This summer, Jane’s Carousel will open, on the waterfront, housed in a Jean Nouvel pavilion.
WOW WOW WOW...I guess I should have stayed in Brooklyn.
$10 Urban Green Members
$10 Students (must show valid ID at the door)
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Yesterday the sky was a leaden gray, with rain swollen clouds folding in on themselves. Like a gray meringue ceiling, shifting in long, slow waves, its undulating motion reminded me of the way our gardens constantly evolve, a quiet dynamism, unceasing. Always growing...
Ted's Stream Garden
Down here, on terra firma, we sometimes forget that we live among a swirling world of energy clothed within the forms of plants, stones, water and soil.
That is a shame because then we forget what a magical place the earth is and how we all share in its bounty. To elevate our awareness of this wondrous blue / green planet we can go to our gardens and ‘remember’ and reconnect with the source of all there is.
Alfred Savinelli eloquently writes about this in his fascinating book, ‘Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants"’:
“To bring our lives back into alignment with the cosmos, to reconnect with the source that deeply feeds us, to remember that life is but a dream and we are, collectively, its dreamers, requires vigilance. We must keep remembering.”
- Native Americans and aborigines use ritual to remember their connection to the plant spirits and sky gods.
- Churches and temples conduct ceremonies and prescribed rites to remember transcendent stories and events.
- Buddhists and monasteries use chants and meditation to illuminate the unseen world around them.
So through careful selection and judicious placement of walks, plants, water, rocks and features you can create a garden space that helps you and your visitors to remember...a place where all who enter can quiet their inner energy and see our mother earth a little differently.
A garden designed with intent and knowledge can “remake ordinary time and space into sacred time and space” (Savinelli p.6).
It is here, amongst pathways, pools of water and thriving plants, that we can take a break from our everyday life and feel the aliveness and energy of this ‘dream’ that we all share.
Marc's amazing Roses
Once we become attuned to this energetic world we understand how a serenity garden is a place of refuge where ordinary time and space is elastic. It harkens the solace of Nature and offers a chance to experience the 'stop time' moment.
As Lily Tomlin said, 'For fast acting relief, slow down'.
Friday, April 8, 2011
In this blog I aim to explore traditional approaches to landscape design, plants and earth tending and share them with you, the garden lover.
I believe that now, at the dawn of the 21st century, we can learn a lot from these 'rediscoveries'.
It is my firm belief that the ancient ways and ideas can help us reconnect with the 'numinous dimension' of a garden.
And this, after all, is where the enchantment that we are all seeking can be found....
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Limelight Hydrangeas in one of my landscapes - Jan Johnsen
Little Lime Hydrangea close up
These lime green flowers turn pinkish in late summer / early fall
It is especially charming as a container plant.
It will flower every year. It will fit in any yard. It works well with most other plants in landscape designs. It will grow in full sun.
What's not to love?