What Is A “Sense of Place”?

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  Last week I promised that we would explore the principles of designing a shade garden using the concept of a designed plant community. And we will be doing that — just not today. Today I want to answer a question that was posed to me after last week’s blog.  A reader contacted me and …

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Green Spaces for Cities — Part 1

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  Perspectives change over time, don’t they?   We were on I -90 headed to Chicago’s Union Station when I glanced out the window and noticed the downtown skyline. Ten years ago I would have commented on how exciting it was to see all of the sleek buildings dominating the landscape. This time the view made …

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The Sounds of Silence — In Your Own Backyard

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The Sunday before Easter was beautiful here — an absolutely perfect day for working leisurely in the yard. About ten minutes into our afternoon, the peace and quiet of the day was shattered by the the deafening roar of a neighbor’s leaf blower running full blast. The first hour was unpleasant but tolerable. The second …

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Feel the Need for Green? Add Some Houseplants!

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If I had to choose one word to describe this winter so far, I would use the word bleak. The sun has been absent so the sky has been consistently grey, the temperature has been too cold to enjoy being outside and it has either been raining, snowing or unbelievably windy. All in all, the …

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Bring Nature In — Let Stress Out

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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.     …

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Outdoor Living – Relaxing on the Patio

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When I was growing up, having a patio at your home usually meant that there was a square (or sometimes rectangular) slab of grey concrete protruding off the house in the backyard. In our neighborhood, patios were not terribly common and I can remember the consternation when my father not only had one installed, but …

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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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