Edible Garden Design

You might think "What a pity - I don't have a garden!" But here you go! You don't need one.

This one is built of a beetroot coulis with quinoa, courgette purée and a little bit of thyme and basil. A delicious healthy garden, which can come from the tiniest of kitchens.

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When the Sun is burning

Recently I went to visit the Garden of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli. It was in early June but already the heat was talking loudly. What a blessing then to walk within this poetic display of splendid fountains and to drop my hand here and there into the glistening cool wet. Water is nourishing our bodies and souls, especially when it is not falling out of the grey sky too often (as is the case in Belgium).  The sound of a fountain, the reflection of the clouds in a pond, the gurgling of a small water stream - maybe these are sensations you are missing in your Garden?

 

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Your Garden, Your Sanctuary

I love to think about gardens as an intimate Sanctuary. Where do we feel more in contact with our true selves than in nature? Breathing in the oxygenated damp air of a forest, walking through dew glistening grass in the morning and lying down in the midst of a perfumed meadow … peace is entering us.

Some people and among them landscape architects and designers, are saying that gardens are not nature. I don’t agree.

Gardens might be a creation of men and therefore not natural but they are still a piece of nature, just as humans and animals are nature also. We are all from the same origin, all one family of sorts.

Most people don’t have immediate access to « true » nature. Where is it to find anyway? It might be thousands of kilometers away.

Of course untouched nature has a very special effect on us. Maybe a reconnection or a recognition takes place on a very deep level? I don’t know.

For me it counts to connect to places, which at least evoke the natural world. Gardens, which are very cleanly designed, don’t inspire me.

That does not mean that the structure of a garden should not be carefully designed and executed.

I like it when plants are looking as if they enjoy themselves and I may watch them playing. Then I can forget myself for a moment or two. I can marvel at the delicate beauty of a meadow perennial, or watch a butterfly getting drunk on flowers. These are small moments of joy to collect and knit together to a happiness coat.

A garden can be designed in ways to create moments of joy similar to those we experienced as children when the world was pure wonder. Actually - the world is still an amazing wonder and we can always keep the experience of our child eyes awake.

Park Sanssouci Potsdam

Park Sanssouci Potsdam

Breathtaking Ceramics

Atelier Vierkant always amazes me with its stunning ceramics. Luckily the ceramics design company is based in Belgium and the couple who created it is most passionate about their work.

This collection most certainly takes my breath away. Congratulations! .. don't forget to look at their website and discover their artful ceramic planters.

 

Life is an Art Work

"Life is a permanent inspiration. To open my heart to it - Its beauty, its miracles, its transformative challenges... Each day is a new miracle. I would like to share the little surprises with you which life uses to enchant me." "To consider life as an artwork places me at the origin of my life - I become responsible for its beauty and its mediocrity, even its pain."