A Legacy of Love and Gardens

By on April 10, 2012 / 4 Comments

This is a photograph of my father’s garden — a massive project that he and my mother created from scratch when they moved to Vancouver Island in the 1990’s.  The Japanese-style landscape had a serpentine pond winding around moss-covered grounds and a lovely tearoom at the back of the property. Dad would have been ninety-one …

A Stroll through Grey Heron’s Spring Garden

By on June 09, 2011 / Leave a comment

It is challenging to give someone an impression of a garden through the big overview. Even the best photographs only offer a tiny glimpse, and my shady garden looks like a chaotic jungle when I take long-view photographs. Gardens want to impress us by touching all our senses at once; we truly appreciate them when …

Gardening from the Inside-Out

By on May 12, 2011 / 2 Comments

Written for publication in the Vaughan Citizen, May 16, 2011. After a very slow start, many of us are launching into the delightful, intense work of spring gardening. We all want our yards to look lovely. While we’re all agreed on that, I’m going to offer another perspective, one that landscapers generally do not mention. …

When the World is Dying, Plant a Tree

By on April 28, 2011 / 5 Comments

(Published in the Vaughan Citizen, May 1, 2011) This year, 2011, is the International Year of the Tree. Why is this significant? According to Diana Beresford-Kroeger and Jean Shinoda Bolen, how we care for our trees could determine whether we survive, not only as a species but as a planet. Near Ottawa, Diana Beresford-Kroeger works …

The New Man in my Garden

By on April 19, 2011 / 3 Comments

I saw this statue in a store in Tweed recently and fell in love. I’d never seen a Weeping Buddha before. They are designed to take grief and suffering into themselves and ground it for us. Looking at this beautiful piece, I remembered something I heard in meditation years ago, “If men can cry, the …

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