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 …

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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 …

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Dining Out — In Your Own Backyard

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It was a perfect spring day here today — the kind of day that makes you want to spend all day outdoors luxuriating in the warm sun and soft breezes. Knowing that I should be inside cleaning the kitchen or vacuuming floors, instead I made myself a sandwich, grabbed a book I’ve been wanting to …

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Fill the Need for Green – Visit a Nearby Botanical Garden

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It’s been nearly two weeks since we have seen blue sky and sun here. Temperatures have been so miserable that zero feels like a heat wave and to top it all off, our driveway becomes a death trap in snowy or icy weather so I am essentially housebound right now. With January not even half …

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The Relationship Between Children’s Health and Time in Nature – Part 2

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Every week American children spend hours in care situations away from their own homes and families. Infants and toddlers of working parents spend an average of 36 hours a week in some type of daycare, frequently an institutionalized care center. Youngsters aged 6 to 18 spend over 900 hours a year, or 35 hours a …

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Enviroscaping — Urban Design for Today

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                                                       A dear friend from out of town came to stay with me for a few days.  While she was here we did lots of running around;  I wanted her to experience what I loved about my new home.  As she was ready to leave, she told me that she could see why I loved …

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Looking for Peace? Look to Nature

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The other day I was having a conversation with a new acquaintance about houses we have owned and lived in, when something hit me.  Every time I described a house, I began by talking about the physical surroundings.  Not only that, the homes that held the strongest emotional connections for me were the ones that …

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How Much Is Enough? Nature, that is…

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A few weeks ago, I thumbed through a half a dozen magazines as I sat waiting for my doctor’s appointment. Each had at least one article about the environment. Most focused on climate change and protecting our fragile world, but one was decidedly different. Instead of the big global issues which can sometimes seem so …

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A Place for Healing

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I have a young granddaughter who has recently spent quite a bit of time in and out of children’s hospitals.  The last time we saw her there, we visited the hospital’s outdoor green space several times.  Each time we went, whether it was a sunny or rainy day, my granddaughter visibly changed, becoming more engaged …

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