Garden Design · Garden Musings

Relax on a garden bench on National Garden Meditation Day.

Dallas Arboretum - Bench in formal setting

Don’t we create beautiful landscapes so we can enjoy their flowers, foliage, branches and berries? Don’t we choose plants based on their abilities to invite and support wildlife, supply herbs for cooking or provide nutritious vegetables to feed our families?

There is always so much to do in the landscape – weeding, watering, planting, mulching – the list goes on and on. I love a ‘to do’ list as much as the next guy, but it is easy to get so caught up in crossing things off those lists that we miss the point of having a garden.

Dallas Arboretum - Bench - 2

Today is National Garden Meditation Day – the perfect day to consider the time we spend in our gardens simply enjoying them.

Garden Scene at Denver Botanic Garden, Bench

Benches strategically placed in the garden beckon us to sit for a moment. Ideal locations for benches include under the spreading branches of a favorite tree, near a water feature, smack dab in the middle of an herb or kitchen garden, at the end of garden path, and facing a bloom-filled perennial border.

Stone Bench

The perfect spot for your bench is a personal decision. Do you want to sit in a cool, tranquil spot surrounded by shade-loving plants backed by the large trunks of massive trees? Would you rather relax near a pond or fountain where the sound of moving water inspires future garden projects? Maybe your favorite place for contemplation is sitting among the fragrances of basil and lavender or the bees and butterflies supping on the nectar of flowering perennials.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show -Que la Fete Commence - scene with bench

Today, on National Garden Meditation Day, place a bench in the garden and then sit on it. Take in the sights and sounds for a few moments. Pat yourself on the back for your gardening efforts. Then get back to the ‘to do’ list and garden with me!

 

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