Memory Gardens — A Natural Lifeline

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Watching someone you love slowly disappear from the present, fade into the past and eventually lose the ability to function is both frustrating and painful. Millions of American families are currently experiencing these emotions as their loved ones struggle with the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the… Read more »

Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate — In Nature

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I honestly thought that when I retired from teaching the pace of my life would dramatically change. I imagined spending hours outdoors — working in my gardens, exploring new places and just generally basking in nature  — since I wouldn’t be tied to a desk grading papers anymore. What I discovered was that the ending… Read more »

The Golden Hour Garden

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Every now and then it just so happens that you are in the right place at the right time and something extraordinary happens.     Bear with me while I explain. The presenter at the last design workshop I attended spent a large portion of the time talking about the importance of light in the… Read more »

Water Features: An Oasis of Your Own

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”     The words of John Lubbock, an early British statesman and naturalist, hold enormous truths… Read more »