Synopses & Reviews
Beauty and tranquility can enhance our everyday lives, and more and more people have found this peace in their own backyards. Create a very special space, one in harmony with nature, and that stirs the soul. Go by a "natural calendar" that includes festivals, activities, garden tasks, and ideas for attracting wildlife. Feed the senses with color therapy and bright borders, practical ways of creating sound, and aromatherapy. (A directory of perfumed plants helps you choose the ideal fragrance.) Heal yourself with medicinal plants, flowers, and herbs. Add inspirational touches such as objets d'art, with seating, water elements, and arbors. Connect with ancient traditions, from Egyptian to Japanese to Renaissance, in which gardens were designed with great love and care. Include meaningful archetypal symbols like the Tree of Life and the Green Man. In just a few hours, you'll feel renewed and revived!
"...focuses on celebrating the aesthetic and metaphysical wonders that come together in garden settings. Nature's gifts inspire Mitchell's passions to share ways of looking to our gardens in every season to energize, nurture, and provide solace. Gardening tasks are integrated with references to and an examination of esoteric festivals, traditions, and myths associated with flora....also presents...meditations...guide the reader to a harmonious and tranquil state of being. An especially engaging segment is devoted to color, complete with a plant list keyed to...symbols and healing...an inspired and inspiring slant on selecting plant material for a garden sanctuary."--Booklist