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.
Rooted in the Spirit, Exploring Inspirational Gardens by Maureen Gilmer,
Taylor Publishing Com, Dallas 1997.
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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