Synopses & Reviews
Use the power of nature to find peace in your own backyard and enrich your life.
A garden can be far more than a place to plant a row of zinnias or tomatoes -- it can be a place of sanctuary. With the help of The Sanctuary Garden you can make your own yard or garden a place of serenity, peacefulness, and beauty. No matter how large or small your garden is, it can provide a sense of safety and comfort. And through a deep relationship with nature based on intention, reflection, and contemplation, each of us can gather strength, and our spirits may be renewed.
Ask most gardeners what gardening is and they are likely to tell you that it is primarily about plants -- which ones to select, grow, propagate, and nurture. But as you will discover in this book, the seven design elements of a sanctuary garden speak less about vegetation than they do about other often overlooked considerations such as:
- Creating a special entrance that invites the visitor into a sense of sanctuary
- Effectively using water for its psychological, spiritual, and physical effects
- Creatively using color and lighting to elicit emotion, comfort, and awe in the visitor
- Creating sitting areas that enfold the visitor into the sanctuary experience by providing a place of rest for body and soul
- Highlighting natural features as anchor points, including the use of rocks, wood, natural fences, screens, trellises, wind, and sound to evoke emotion
- Integrating art that enhances the overall mood
- Providing habitat and features to attract a diversity of wildlife to share your sanctuary
Illustrated with eight radiant full-page watercolors and hand-drawn illustrations, The Sanctuary Garden: Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard or Garden offers a unique guide to living your life and designing your garden with purpose, contemplation, and, above all, harmony.
About the Author
Christopher Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell founded the world-renowned Cortesia Sanctuary and Center for Natural Gardening and Healing, a 22-acre sanctuary near Eugene, Oregon, where they teach, write, and make their home.
Table of Contents
1. The Garden as Sacred Place
2. Meeting the Needs of the Soul with a Sanctuary Garden
3. The Entrance
5. Color and Lighting
7. Natural Features: Wood and Stone
8. Garden Art
9. Habitat for Wildlife
The Gift of Sanctuary: The Cortesia Sanctuary Project