What makes a space “sacred”? This is a question we will pondering at a women’s retreat next weekend. I have been reflecting on the question today and I came to this simple conclusion: sacred is whatever gives you life. Gardens and gardening give me life. My task as a garden designer is to listen to clients and help them discern what gives them life and to translate these needs into the landscape. For some this is the sound of water, for others, it is incorporating plants in a design that memorialize a phase of life or a tender memory from childhood. Trees always come to the forefront here. For someone small, trees provide shelter, a refuge, safety. We never outgrow this need, do we?
Thus, we create gardens that nurture our spirits and souls.
Form follows function, the saying goes. But many of us don’t have the liberty to create our own forms. We may rent, live in an apartment, have just a windowsill for outdoor space. In this case, function follows form. We work with what we have. This is what I hope to address in the retreat. What can we create given our limitations?
Limitations are an invitation to be creative. To think outside of the box. Come join the conversation!