Bring Nature In — Let Stress Out

Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Health & Wellness, Nature and Stress Reduction, Uncategorized

I have been feeling incredibly stressed lately.  Unfortunately, when I am stressed, I just shut down which, of course, increases my stress level and renders me virtually useless. My “To Do” list gets longer and my “Done” list stays blank.The only way I can interrupt this cycle is to take a nature break.     …

Read More »

Memory Gardens — A Natural Lifeline

Posted by & filed under Alzheimer's Gardens, Benefits of Nature, Design, Garden Design, Gardens, Health & Wellness, Landscaping, Memory Gardens, Uncategorized, Wellness Gardens

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

Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Children and Nature, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized

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

Posted by & filed under Design, Designing with Color, Designing with Light, Garden Design, Health & Wellness, Landscaping, Lighting, Night lighting, Nightscaping, Uncategorized

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

Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Health & Wellness, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Urban Landscaping, Water features

“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 »

Dining Out — In Your Own Backyard

Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Health & Wellness, Landscaping, Outdoor Kitchens, Outdoor Living, Uncategorized

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 …

Read More »

Fill the Need for Green – Visit a Nearby Botanical Garden

Posted by & filed under Arboretums, Benefits of Nature, Botanical Gardens, Landscaping, Uncategorized

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 …

Read More »

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

Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Children and Nature, Health & Wellness, Schools and Nature, Uncategorized

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 …

Read More »

Enviroscaping — Urban Design for Today

Posted by & filed under Benefits of Nature, Commercial Landscaping, Health & Wellness, Landscaping, Uncategorized, Urban Landscaping

                                                       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 …

Read More »