Author Archives: The Holistic Gardener

About The Holistic Gardener

author of wellness books, columnist, keynote speaker.

Aches and pains

Sundry aches and pains are perhaps the most common complaint for gardeners – due to the physicality of maintaining a garden and the potential for repetitive strain or just plain old injury – never mind the headache of greenfly.   Whatever … Continue reading

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The Garden Teaches Managed Attention

There is a lot going on within a garden. It may even contain more than one ecosystem—a pond, a wild meadow patch, trees, ornamental borders, and a kitchen garden. There is upkeep for all of them and the infrastructure too—paving … Continue reading

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The power of transformation.

Creating a garden is an act of alchemy – it is the transmutation not just of soil and place in to a flourishing oasis of vibrant life but an elevation of spirit and soul in a glorious act of determination and will. You could say making a garden with all the effort and energy required will make or break you – But it never really breaks, it always makes.

It makes for change; we are transformed ourselves by our endeavours. We hone our visual and attentive acuity, we hone our self-expression and sharpen our understanding of our true selves – we find our human nature and our divine light about the garden. We are altered by it as we alter it.

We too grow and thrive and find our natural groove. We find a home in its ever-changing rhythms and we are grounded not perturbed by its ever-motion. We move with it in full vibrancy, we and it are life in motion. From moment to moment we are – that is how to be. That is the natural mindfulness every gardener is gifted.
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Finding peace in silence.

The simple fact is that our central nervous system is hardwired to respond to sound, in part as an early warning defence mechanism (listening for danger cues) and in part as a way of reading the landscape and finding surety … Continue reading

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Weeding negative prejudices.

Weeding is the perennial chore, but perhaps the most essential, as weeds compete for the resources that our ornamental and edible plants need to survive and thrive – weeds deplete water, nutrients and in several cases even light. I think … Continue reading

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The Lotus Sutra.

The lotus has been identified as a sacred plant in more than one region/religion because it is grounded in the muck but aspires its head to the heavens – just like many a gardener I know. Perhaps the most important … Continue reading

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Cultivating decisiveness

You may have heard of the old idiom ‘live horse, get grass’ meaning if you can only hang on, what you desperately need may come your way – but hanging on may be too long a wait. I prefer ‘live … Continue reading

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How to be still.

Stillness in a physical sense is as important a function of tension release and self-nourishment as any quietening of the mind may be. It is the letting go of endeavour, the ceasing of striving, the release into a grounded serenity. … Continue reading

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The oldest preoccupations.

Don’t fear your fear, it is nothing but a long evolved chemical reaction. You don’t have to kneejerk to it or stay in it, just see it for what it is – a true warning sign or just a miss-ping … Continue reading

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The garden as therapeutic space.

In the field of social and therapeutic horticulture, many people come to gardening as a break from stress, anxiety and fear, to break from those harmful preoccupations by participation with a more natural engagement. Gardening is the perfect distraction, the … Continue reading

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