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We should all adopt ‘hanami,’ the Japanese tradition of flower viewing : TreeHugger

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***Personal Development Series: The Power of Flowers in the Spring***

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          It’s spring, the cherry blossoms are in bloom, tulips and daffodils sway in the breeze, garden and flower shows draw us within. I think that TreeHugger’s idea of adopting “hanami,” the Japanese tradition of flower viewing is just what we need. Enjoy this lovely essay.

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Source: We should all adopt ‘hanami,’ the Japanese tradition of flower viewing : TreeHugger

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Spring!

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Gardening and the Secret of Happiness – Brain Pickings

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The Metaphor and the Reality of the Garden, Shaping Our Lives:

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Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

          I think I may have shared this wonderful essay from Brain Pickings with you a few months ago; if so, just learn from it once more. This is a time when we need to go to the essence of our beings, to focus on those activities and habits of mind that lead to renewal, to growth, to transformation. Gardening and the metaphor of the garden are keys. thank you, Maria Popova, for this essay of hope. The images here are all from Monet’s Palate, a new book published at Giverny.

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 “It came to me while picking beans, the secret of happiness.”

Source: Gardening and the Secret of Happiness – Brain Pickings

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Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

 

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Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing and Transforming Power of Gardens and Gardening!

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Gardening and the Secret of Happiness – Brain Pickings

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More on the Power of Gardens and Gardening:

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Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

     Over the last several weeks I have shared several posts on healing gardens–natural woodland places; botanical gardens; private and public gardens of many kinds; the glass gardens of Dale Chihuly, standing alone or enhancing planned and natural gardens.

     Brain Pickings is one of my favorite sources of good reads to share. In today’s post, Maria Popova introduces us to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass,” a blend of science, art, philosophy, and storytelling well worth reading. This post also includes a video interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer. Enjoy!

     The images on this post are from another of my favorite sources, Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden.

Read…View…Listen…Reflect…Share…What Will You Find in the Garden?

“It came to me while picking beans, the secret of happiness.”

Source: Gardening and the Secret of Happiness – Brain Pickings

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Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman's Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of Gardens!

Gardening is the best medicine for the mind | Life and style | The Guardian

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Gardens Are Good Medicine for Mind and Body:

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     The healing power of gardens is a recurring theme in my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. This essay from The Guardian shares the experience of a British writer who is recovering from depression and the healing role of his garden.

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“My garden is my sanctuary and my saviour, writes Tom Smart…”

Source: Gardening is the best medicine for the mind | Life and style | The Guardian

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Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

The Creative Apothecary Believes In the Healing Power of Gardens!

Gardens in Healthcare Facilities: A

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This is my second post on therapeutic gardens. Part of the healthcare revolution I am presenting in “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” and the related Resource Guides focuses on gardens in healthcare facilities. The Therapeutic Landscape Network is a valuable source of information and assistance for those interested in designing and developing such gardens.

Today’s post links to list of therapeutic gardens, primarily in the United States and Canada.

Please use the contact form to tell me about therapeutic gardens in your community.

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Gardens in Healthcare Facilities: A.

 

Roses in a Florida Garden Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Roses in a Florida Garden
Regina MJ Kyle 2014

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Courtesy of Posting Unknown Photographer

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Creative Aging: The Gardens of Our Imagination Emerge

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Creative Aging begins on the day of our birth.

We can never be younger, only more creative.

What kinds of gardens have you planted and nurtured throughout life?

 

 

 

Butterfly. Water, and Weeds at Sunset

Butterfly. Water, and Weeds at Sunset

The image of the butterfly and weeds at sunset is a found garden. Creativity requires new eyes, new ways of seeing; we become explorers, discoverers of quiet beauty not always recognized by others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden by the Sea with Mountains

Garden by the Sea with Mountains

Perhaps the garden we love most has blossoms on the edge of a lake, and mountains in the distance. The clouds in a sunset sky purple, yellow, pink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodland Paths at Sunset

Woodland Paths at Sunset

The garden I loved most as a child was a “found” garden, the woodlands behind our house that stretched for miles. There were trees and brooks, lady slippers and princess pine, trillium and wild strawberries, and interesting stones. I would often wander for hours, sitting on a log, reading, thinking.

What kind of garden are you creating now? The gardens we make in our lives change as we grow older, acquire more wisdom, broaden and deepen our vision.

Each garden has a music of its own. We lost Maya Angelou this week. For her, in difficult times. music was her garden.

” Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

Added on Monday, June 2: Iris Grace, young artist in her garden on a Monday morning.

Iris Grace in Her Garden

Iris Grace in Her Garden