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How Gardens Heal

How Gardens Heal

I remember talking with a fellow gardener about 20 years ago. He was telling me how the garden saved him after his divorce. “There I was,” he said, “down on my knees, literally. Having my hands in the dirt kept me sane.”

My friend was not alone. Many of us turn to the healing powers of the garden in times of stress and loss. There are many examples of Cape Cod communities coming together to build a garden in memory of a child who has died far to early in life. Others build memorial gardens or put in special plants in their own yards as a place to remember loved ones. We use the life-affirming nature of plants to comfort us, and to celebrate that growth continues even in the face of loss.

My husband and I planted a pink flowering Kousa dogwood in honor of my mother-in-law after she died. We think of it as her tree.

My husband and I planted a pink flowering Kousa dogwood in honor of my mother-in-law after she died. We think of it as her tree.

Many came together to create this memorial garden at Armstrong-Kelley Park some years ago.

Many came together to create this memorial garden at Armstrong-Kelley Park some years ago.

Some choose focal point statuary that has special meaning to them when creating healing gardens.

Some choose focal point statuary that has special meaning to them when creating healing gardens.

Whether planting a garden in memory of another, as a way to heal from difficult circumstances, or as a way to celebrate life itself, our landscapes sooth our spirits while they delight the eye.

Take a deep breath, and dig in.

2 Comments

  1. Deborah Marceau on September 9, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hi C.L. I DO agree on this subject and smile warmly with your nice, heartwarming
    and lovely post!:)

    • CLFornari on September 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks, Deborah. Many of us at HCG find the garden to be restorative…

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