Ladies, let’s garden! Oh, what’s that? You have a career, family, friends, places to go so the last thing you want is one more project. I hear you. That’s why I want you to put down the iPad (after you read this of course!) and grab a trowel. We are all so busy, too busy. Thankfully, the idealization of being busy is starting to wane. But we are still stressed, often overworked and looking for ways to take better care of ourselves. That’s why I say, garden.
Like you, I wear many hats and often wake up with a to-do list running through my mind. And I garden. I garden a lot! I have been gardening for over 20 years and I can tell you it’s that time with my hands in the soil that has brought me peace when I needed it most, exercise when I felt sluggish and quiet when everything was getting to be too much. It’s my creative outlet and it keeps my mind sharp because there’s always more to learn with gardening.
This column is geared towards those new to gardening. If you are an experienced gardener, everything we discuss here can be expanded upon. So if we talk about creating a small space for meditation in the garden, you can develop that into a patio space for you and your friends to practice Saturday yoga together. This isn’t so much about learning the latest plant varieties but rather, how working with plants, be it in a large garden or a highrise balcony can help you find balance, improve your health, stimulate your creative juices and sometimes give you an excuse to just sit and be in the garden.
In the next few posts, I will share how to discover and nurture your garden style. To get us started, I have an assignment for you. Visit as many gardens as you can: visit parks, the Krohn Conservatory, museum garden spaces, even your friend’s balcony garden. When you enter the garden just be still for a moment and then write down the first feeling that comes to mind. You may be surprised the emotions and reactions a garden can elicit.