|Coal Creek Falls, Bellevue, WA|
|Down to Earth Nursery, Eugene, OR|
Here is a sculpture by Julie Spiedel in the City Hall gardens, downtown Bellevue, WA:
It's my favorite sculpture in the City, and I was reminded of it on a recent visit to my favorite plant nursery:
Perhaps there is no "real', no "fake". Perhaps it is all just a matter of art or advertising, as in a game we used to play with the kids...we would drive past something and ask, "Is it art or is it advertising?" I know it came from my father's wife, Elizabeth, herself an artist of nature. Click here to see more of her work on her website.
|Sea of Tranquility|
Beth's work is haunting, painstaking and extremely beautiful. Well-worthy of comtemplation. In fact, I would love to do several blog entries just about her. But...another day.
I really wanted to talk about my newly-found friend again, Sarah Horton, and her allotment garden in Liverpool, England. Allotments are like p-patch gardens, which I've written about in these pages. On the other hand they're very different. For now, I just want you to enjoy a visit to Sarah's garden, and save the politics and history for another time. Sarah, a fiber artist, film-maker, writer and certified horticulturist (in addition to many other things) incorporates who she is into her garden. This is truly gardening for the soul. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing it with me.
|Sarah in her poly-tunnel|
|Sarah starting a fire with her flint|
|Inside her garden shed, complete with...|
|Fairy lights that really work|
|Sarah's Garden: "Arrangement 1"|
|Sarah's Garden: "Arrangement 2"|
|Sarah's Garden: "Arrangement 3"|
|Sarah's Garden: "Arrangement 4"|
|Sarah's Garden: " Arrangement 5 (Masks)"|
When I returned from my travels a month ago, I headed over to my father's garden in Indianola. What a difference to Sarah's! And yet, I kept finding similarities, as well. For one thing, the focus is on contemplation, not production per se. There are collections, arrangements, accomodations. Dad built his house here with great respect for the existing land and flora. Gradually, over many years, he has found his way to gardening with nature.
|Dad's Garden: "Arrangement 1"|
Dad's Garden: "Arrangement 5 (Path 1)"
Dad's Garden: "Arrangement 5 (Path 2)"
|Dad's Garden: "Arrangement 6 (Ferns)"|
Hans Baumann installing "Black Forest"