The artist's garden does many things. A garden privileges one with constant revelation. For one I constantly learn from examining the appearance of plants and their patterns of growth, but also through reading and observation one can learn from their inter relationship with other living things like pollinators and human beings.
The human plant relationship is sometimes extremely destructive for the plants. Yet they give us some of our finest sensual experiences. They feed us, offer ecosystem services, their beauty calms us, they give and give and give.
I feel compelled to try and learn from the natural world, restore damaged places and do less future damage. Gardening, art and writing speak in different languages. Working towards damage reduction in all three languages should make for interesting resonances and dissonances.
The art and garden combination gives writing on gardening a special focus beyond human made art that is dedicated to ecological restoration. It also suggests work with the art made by nature. Nature's art in a garden goes beyond its lovely appearances into a profound dynamic that constantly teaches us as human beings. As we attempt to exert human on plant management and control, the garden teaches us to let go. It is plant-human mentoring if you will, on death and life.
So many artists love their gardens, from the famous examples like Monet and Frieda Kahlo to the hundreds of thousands of just as fascinating lesser known artist gardeners all around the world.
The following is a list of my blog posts on my nature related art and designs. We also have a list of blog posts on regenerative gardening, and a general all inclusive website blog that is automatically created from the last ten posts.
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Feb 18, 21 01:41 PM
I live in Plumstead, which is quite a tough place to garden. Anyone that you know of tried to plant a Miyawaki forest in Cape Town? I'm tempted to give
Feb 12, 21 01:44 PM
soil microbe design, traveling to underspace to meet the aliens beneath our feet
Jan 30, 21 03:53 AM
sourcing gardening water, where to start