Most people have heard the saying “losing yourself in nature”. I find that a trip to a local forest preserve or other botanical gardens quite refreshing. It is almost as if as soon as I place my feet on the soft dirt of the forest floor or prairie path I immediately feel calm. That is why many garden. Some people do it for the purpose of beautifying their property, or under pressure of the neighbors to make it look better but most find gardening addicting in the best sense of the word. As a garden designer I see the potential and beauty of every garden. The gardens in which only a few bushes and a tree or two dot the landscape I see as an open canvas. The possibilities are endless. For people with a mix of different beds, a new challenge occurs as I figure out what to change or keep. When I weed someones yard, I find my mind still and peaceful as I marvel at the little things I see. When I pull up a dandelion or watch a little bug make its way to wherever it may be going I think of the simplicity of nature. Such a far cry from the hustle and bustle of society, back to basics I say. So this spring, grab a shovel and dig!
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