I guess we should show you some gardens,
That would be quite logical!
Most gardens in fact could have some contemplative
or ‘zen-ly’ special element about them for someone or other.
Our labyrinth for Weston Hospice would certainly do:
But how do we garden designers do this thing?
This creative business?
By that I mean how do we design at all? Let alone make something that’s peaceful.
Because it is quite demanding – crazy in fact!
Creativity must be fed. To do it effectively you must deluge yourself with images, ideas and facts. Daily, weekly, monthly.
And from this kind of three dimensional pin board in your mind you produce for the current client their dream landscape concept.
As tho you were them in fact! The landscape they did or didn’t know they wanted.
To achieve it successfully I think the extraction from the mental pin board requires some zen space for us. Almost a clean sheet.
I suppose it could be a garden, but its not.
Here is my zen space:
What follows may be too much information. In which case I apologize. But there is no other way to describe how it works!
This is what my shower faces
I am not sure how or why it started. I genuinely can’t remember the first jar, bottle or glass. Perhaps it was something to do with Bristol Blue Glass. But after a while I was given old poison bottles or eye glasses. Maybe the poison bottles were a hint!
‘You collect blue glass. Here’s another piece!’
I also used to walk a lot on the welsh coast and there was a shop which sold it where I parked my car.
Long walks often ended with lashing out the princely sum of 2 quid on a glass bottle.
The head was a bit of a one-off. The car practically bounced to a stop when I saw that staring out of a junk shop window. I think actually that was a bit of a non sequitur.
Because I haven’t bought any blue glass for years. But its legacy lives on.
In these water straightened times we are beginning to hear the concept of ‘the short shower’. 4 minutes I think it is.
Well, I’m sure not doing any less!
Alternative medicine suggests that the light through blue glass is healing and calming.
So I spend at least that gazing rather blankly.
The cream washed house opposite the window faces due south.
And sometimes the light through the glass fairly sings.
Periodically I have tried to foto it, but cameras don’t do blue well.
Sometimes there is a combination of shape or tone that I find satisfying. But there is no rhyme, reason or perpetuity for the arrangement and order.
As often as I can force myself to hoover it, the top shelf is cleared and the ones from the shelves below get moved up whilst cleaning. An act of mindless therapy in itself!
A bit like some gardening activities.
The Hegarty Webber Partnership
Now please do check out what our elite garden design colleagues from across the pond have to say about contemplative and zen spaces by clicking on the links below: