‘Exploring our gardens…’
The ‘big’ design jobs change the whole layout of a space, creating areas of different interest that interact with each other. A meandering garden path that invites you to explore the previously neglected back corner in a garden, is now brought back to life maybe as a ‘secret garden’. Or a den for the kids to hide in, or the perfect place for a hammock to relax and read in.
The corona virus crisis is teaching us about life on many levels. The lock down has forced us to slow down in our movements and subsequently this has an impact on our environment. We hear the birds singing, the noise levels of cars and planes have reduced, the air feels fresher and cleaner and the sky is an unusually clear blue. We are watching the seasons change and want to work the soil – sowing seeds, nurturing growth and reconnecting with nature.
It does help that we are in Spring and not in Autumn and it is almost as if this virus is telling us to re-connect to nature, and that we need to make every effort to protect nature as well, as it is not only important to provide fresh and clean air to breath, but also enables us to both heal and stay healthy.
‘The healing qualities of nature’
When we tend to our gardens we heal. Where there is grief there is comfort. Where there is stress there is relaxation. We slow down, we listen to the birdsong and breathe in the air – particularly atmospheric after summer rain. We watch the robin pick up the worms after we have hoed the soil. Our senses are being evoked on may subconscious levels, often transporting us into the innocence age of early life where we felt safe and protected.
No matter how big or small our gardens are, they connect us to the landscape that lies beyond. They help us to find space to pause, inhale and expand our minds.
‘Enhancing and promoting these qualities’
We as garden designers want to bring all of this into our creations. We want to enhance the natural beauty and create a sense of paradise. We work into the soil to tame nature and create spaces to help people recapture the joy of daydreaming and playing. Because that doesn’t stop with the end of childhood, but is a big contributor when it comes to mental wellbeing in adult life.