“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.”
Yesterday, I walked through one of my favourite gardens and watched as others wandered through the pathways, taking photos with their cell phones. There was one person writing a note, another focused on creating a sketch of a rambling rose, and yet another carefully tending a new herb garden.
Gardens have restorative power to inspire and heal, lower stress, and increase cognitive ability.
It seems that when we place our hands in the earth, our feelings of wellbeing increase, thanks to antidepressant microbes in soil that increase levels of serotonin. That sense of oneness with the beauty that comes from working in a garden allows us to explore our creative spirits.
I imagined Monet in his garden at Giverny and hearing his voice proclaiming, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”