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Sustainability and garden observations

How does the garden grow?

The picture above is from Sussex born artist Marianne North (1830-1890). Her fascination with plants lead her all over the world, she has left us a magnificent legacy at Kew gardens, with hundreds of plant and natural landscape paintings.

But you don't have to be an artist to look and observe your garden. 

With some simple observational exercises can bring insights into your gardens that you never knew was there!

These observations can be taken up on different levels. 

Perhaps you are interested in birds or insects, and would like to observe who comes into your garden, or would like to contribute to a wild life survey - like one from  RSPB bird watch surveys. 

Or maybe you like to learn to paint, to draw nature, and your own garden. for example, interesting courses with John Thompson at Nymans garden.

  • Or maybe you like to take up different observational exercises to form a deeper look to the garden, to enquire into the more subtle aesthetic life behind the physical expression of the garden or of individual plants, by cultivating 'subtle eyes’ for looking. Various teachers through out history, have written on this topic. Click on the links below to read more.

    • Wolfgang von Goethe

    • Edward Bach

    • Rudolf Steiner

    • Heinz Grill 

Click on the topics for further links. 

 
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