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 …

My Annual Conversation with the Garden

By on April 15, 2011 / 4 Comments

Yesterday I took some time to sit in the sun for my first meditative conversation with the spirit of the garden. Every spring, since I learned about co-creative gardening from Machaelle Small Wright in the early 1990’s, I’ve taken my direction and focus for the gardening year through intuitive, meditative listening. Gradually, I’ve found my …

Welcoming Spring’s Colourful Madness

By on April 03, 2011 / Leave a comment

Published in the Vaughan Citizen, April 3, 2011. Spring is finally here, birds are singing and garden centres are preparing to open. Soon we can dive into that wonderful pagan ritual — the madness of spring gardening! For people with established properties, this can be a powerful time to reconnect with nature. Getting outdoors after …

Your Landscape — Is it Where your Heart Is?

By on March 20, 2011 / 4 Comments

Published in the Vaughan Citizen newspaper, March 20, 2011. What type of landscape gives you joy? Tree-lined rivers, ocean beaches, or wildflower meadows? In the natural world, where do you feel most at home? Paulo Coelho writes, “Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears — that’s where your treasure is.” What …

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