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Articles: Gardening with Head & Heart

Editor Lorene Edwards Forkner posed the following four questions to gardening professionals who are designers, writers, community activists or a combination of all of the above.  Just like in the garden – the brilliance is in the mix.

Why does gardening matter?
How does where you garden factor into how you garden?
What motivates/inspires you?
Take away tip?

Wendy Welch

- Like art, gardening matters because it adds beauty to the world. Historically, Goodness, Truth, and Beauty were equally valued. They gave meaning to life and achieving these ideals was a sacred pursuit. Beauty has always been a salve to remedy chaos, something that’s especially needed in an urban environment. Beauty brings people together and affects our emotional and spiritual lives in a positive way which in turn changes what we have to offer the world around us in a continual virtuous cycle.

- Context has the greatest impact on how I design gardens. Creating spaces that meet the needs of my client’s aesthetics and lifestyle is the foundation. Whether it’s a private residence or a public space, I try and create an environment that will bring joy and improve the lives of people who will interact ...


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