"Creating a living work of art that is a value adding setting for your home and lifestyle"
Kerrie Griffin-Moore Garden Design & Consultations, the recipient of:
The "2009 Award of Excellence for Design of a Commercial Landscape between $100,000 - $500,000" from the Landscape Association of South Australia.
The "2008 Award of Excellence for Design of a Residential Landscape under $60,000" from the Landscape Association of South Australia.
A Sacred Garden
It has been said we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
We owe it to ourselves to nurture our spiritual self: to create a sacred space, a special state where we can be attuned with nature, as one with our spiritual self: we need to create a sacred garden!
A sacred garden can be what ever you want or need it to be! It can offer you many benefits, be called many names and can take many different forms.
For some their garden is a setting for their home, simply a functional and aesthetically pleasing place in which to live.
For others their garden is a collection of plants which evoke images and memories of times past: the perfume of jasmine, honeysuckle or wisteria bursting into bloom and bringing back memories of your grandparent's garden, places you have lived in or visited in years gone by. For me there are childhood memories of playing in a garden full of camellias that seemed like a forest, because they were so big and I was so small. All the elements we associate with the word garden: flowers and foliage texture, colour, form and scent in a garden can foster memories and positive times when you were in touch with your joy and you felt peaceful, free, safe and secure.
As a passionate gardener I have learnt nature is our teacher: it cares for and nurtures us; it teaches us of the cycles of life and how to work with the seasons. We humans like to believe we are the ones that have all the knowledge, that we can control nature. The real wisdom comes from sitting with, embracing and enhancing those natural elements that bring us peace, and bringing them into our home environment.
Our lives have become busier and for many more stressful, so that quite often time available to tend our gardens is lost in the quest of earning a living. Economics also dictate that blocks of land have become smaller so it is more important than ever that the garden we live in becomes our sanctuary, a place for recreation and reflection, and that outdoor-rooms are functional, aesthetic, pleasing, inviting. . . our sacred spaces.
A sacred garden would include all the elements of earth, wind, water, fire, wood and metal. For some a spiritual garden has a flow of individual rooms that fulfill different aspects of our being. This may include an outdoor all weather sacred room, providing a space to meditate in, with an altar that has on it a collection of your own special symbols. Another outdoor room may be a secret fairy room for children, filled with flowers and scents for their imaginative and creative play. Your water room may be for you having a pool/spa or a water feature surrounded by lush evergreen foliage that connects with your bedroom or bathroom.
Fire can be incorporated by having a chimney or wood oven built into your entertaining space, or it may very well be a fire pit with seats all around it - a place to gather for your circle of friends and family.
A productive area of the garden is another aspect of a spiritual garden. Your home and garden can be an expressing of your truth, joy and love that you put into creating it, share and get from being in it! Your garden is an opportunity to express who you are and your values.
The benefits of our sacred spaces come in many shapes and forms: for some a spiritual garden may be to have their garden designed and constructed following the principals of Feng Shui.
For some, achieving a sacred garden may be to plan and build a garden that offers them organic self-sufficiency, with non-dig raised garden beds, suitable for crop rotation and companion planting techniques. This can be creatively carried out in a family or community garden that feeds the gardeners on many levels. Gardening is a way to connect with ourselves, the earth, Mother Nature, other souls: it encourages individuals to communicate and share of themselves in a positive and productive manner. It can be especially therapeutic for adults and children alike to get their hands into the soil: a truly grounding experience! Please visit my friend Julie's website for great organic gardening information.
The Zen or Balinese style garden is very much the flavour of our times, as they offer sanctuary allowing us to retreat and replenish our mind, body and soul with the extra benefit of being relatively low maintenance gardens.
For those of us who are renting a house or apartment, with only a small balcony or courtyard, the sacred garden can be achieved with your own portable garden: a collection of potted plants. Collecting an array of different and interesting shapes, sizes and coloured pots need not be an expensive exercise these days and then they can be planted with plants that have interesting foliage texture, colour, form and scent: the ones that feed and inspire your spirit. Not only will these give the home your individual stamp of style and offer you the therapeutic benefits that come from tending and being in your sacred space, however they will move with you when you travel to your next location. . . a mobile sacred garden!
In today's climate, no matter what style, size or feel of garden you have or desire, there is an urgent need for practicing environmentally conscious gardening techniques. We can have our haven, whilst respecting the need to create gardens that are water efficient and climate compatible. Taking responsibility in this way offers us another opportunity to make a difference. By recycling gray water, mulching, recycling garden refuge and working this organic matter back into the soil, we nurture our part of the planet, in a meaningful way. When we consciously implement these practices and we share our experiences and results with others, we continue to nurture the earth, others and our spirit.
U sing recycled materials to construct our sacred spaces and the features in it, is not only a way to express our individual creativity, it will also supports our limited resources.
It is possible to have a well-designed spiritual garden that offers a personal setting for the home that complements and enhances the architecture.
It can be a sacred space that is an extension of your living areas and requires planning, structure and balancing the practical needs with the desired aesthetics of the individual or family it is intended for and it is value adding to your property.
The most important aspect of the sacred garden is that it is your personal
choice. . . your place for gentle thoughts, revitalization of the senses and a
special space where you can just be. . .
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