HERB - meditation and retreat gardens

N. D. Wederstrandt nweders at mail.utexas.edu
Sun Apr 19 17:26:28 PDT 1998

The two books that I found so far include
		The Healing Garden by Sue Minter, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden,
Headline Book Publishing, London, 1993.
ISBM 0-7472-7914-4  
		Rooted in the Spirit, Exploring Inspirational Gardens by Maureen Gilmer,
Taylor Publishing Com, Dallas 1997.
ISBM 0-87833-938-8  
	I also have a bunch of articles from mags concerning moon gardens, bamboo,
fountains, etc,  They are unfortunately scattered everywhere.  I started
getting fascinated with gardens that have a spiritual side to them when I
had the happy chance of going to the Chalice Garden in Glastonbury.  It was
very impressive  and I started noticing how often gardens give people a
sense of calm.  I read somewhere that they release more oxygen so people
breathe more and they get calmer....

I think Zen Gardens are a lot like that as well.  Saw a program on
gardening in Japan and was taken withthe overall peacefullness of it.  My
problem is that my yard is anything but peaceful.... more like a wilderness
over run with baby hackberries,  For me it's really something to dream about.

I would love water of some sort in the yard as well.  Fountain, pool,
stream, I wouldn't complain....

I taught a class for King's College on gardens and realized that they had
gardens for meditation.  Then I started getting sidetracked on symbolist in
gardens and in particular on flower and tree symbolism in the Unicorn
Tapestries.  (If you want I can e-mail you the title of a great book on that.)

Bryn Gwlad - Ansteorra

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