The Perennial Gardener’s passion begins with vision, followed by design, and continues all season long with hard physical work in the creation, maintenance and closing of a perennial garden in private and public spaces.
Gardening is living art and The Perennial Gardener is an artist with flower beds substituting as canvass and flora and blooms as paint. The flora and bloom palette of annuals, perennials, hostas, grasses, shrubs and trees are nature’s gift of goodness, beauty and truth. The Perennial Gardener is One with nature and directs a season long show of colour and shape mixed with contrast and texture, highlighted by fragrant blooms.
The perennial garden is a living picture that flourishes all season long. The Perennial Gardener seeds and plants, waters and fertilizes, weeds and pinches according to day and season. In time the perennial garden becomes a natural sanctuary for reflection and meditation. River rock and stones, benches and pergolas, ponds and fountains are welcomed additions in completing the picture.
The gardening season begins at winter’s end as snow crocus sprout, daffodils and tulips bloom signaling the arrival of warmer days and springtime festivals. The Perennial Gardener’s vision and hard work of years past takes shape and comes to fruition for all to marvel and celebrate.
The Perennial Gardener recognizes gardening as a spiritual discipline. Eastern and Western history bestows much homage in verse, allegory, and metaphor in the analogy of flora and being. From the Garden of Eden, to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, to the Zen Gardens of the Orient, to the Renaissance Gardens of Europe, civilization has adorned and prided its self in the transcending qualities of the garden. The Impressionists and post-Impressionists painters of the 19th and 20th century like Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, validated the universal love and wonder we have for gardens and flowers in the many paintings that adorn the great museums of the world.
The flower is a universal symbol of love and friendship. We present flowers to those we love or for achievements accomplished. Valentine’s Day is celebrated worldwide with roses first, then chocolates. Marked occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and funerals are times when flowers are appropriate and appreciated. Our love affair with flowers is eternal and is the binding relationship we have with nature because when we look at a flower we are really looking at our self.