Niagara Gazette


July 22, 2013

APRONS READY: A healing garden in your yard

Niagara Gazette — Before school ended for the year, Creating Healthy Places had the opportunity to work with Niagara Falls High School to create a memorial garden. 

Memorial, meditative and healing gardens are becoming more popular every year. Many people believe that to be truly healthy, you need to be healthy in mind, body and soul. To bring this into my life I go to yoga class, eat healthy and surround myself with plants — on my desk at work and in my gardens at home.

A few winters ago, my father and father-in-law both passed away. In the spring we planted trees for them. This is the simplest form of a memorial or healing garden. 

You don’t need to make a Japanese Zen Garden in your back yard to experience a healing garden. The goal is to encourage feelings of safety, peace and comfort. 

When you are designing a meditative or healing garden it should include a variety of colors and textures. Various scents can also be engaging. A healing garden can include vegetables, herbs, flowers, grasses and trees. 

 When you design your garden, remember to be conscious of the amount of space that you have. If your garden will be used for prayer or meditation, include a place to sit.

Nature is calming. By including herbs in your garden, you can extend that feeling as you prepare and enjoy your dinner using fresh herbs from your garden. The smell and taste of fresh herbs is a treat for the senses. 

I have a rosemary plant that is more than a year old. I brought it into the house for the winter and now that it’s back outside, it looks beautiful and the flavor is outstanding. 

I like to use my fresh rosemary in biscuits on Italian night and in marinades. 

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