“In making a garden there is something to be sought and something to be found. To be sought is a sense of lovely and assured, a garden of permanence and order , of human association and human meaning; to be found is beauty and that unfolding content and occupation which is one of the lamps of peace.”-Henry Beston
January and February are great months to sit down as a family to give some thought to working with one another and your neighbors to create a more nature -friendly atmosphere in your neighborhood. Join forces to develop a four season strategy to ensure your community landscape progresses from one season to the next, reflecting the colors forms and relationships that naturally take place as nature moves from one season to the next. Naturalistic designs tend to be more regionally appropriate and sustainable, Green spaces are increased and hard surfaces reduced. Nature-friendly landscapes are people friendly landscapes encouraging self- discovery, optimism and a sense of wonder about the world.
Not sure where to begin? Start by looking around your backyard and neighborhood and take an inventory of the special features already in place - trees, both dead and alive, rocks, wooded sections and wetland areas. Then look for sites that have a potential for habitat enrichment, such as transitional zones between area property lines and community green spaces. Then consider placing a bench, old log, or rock for people to sit, listen and connect with their surroundings and their neighbors. Speaking of sitting.......