There’s nothing quite like a hummingbird to stop you in your tracks, which is why forest garden designers often choose plants that attract birds, butterflies and pollinators for creating that sense of awe and wonder. Other strategies include planting abundantly of aromatic plants and herbs as well as plants that reverberate the history of the ecosystem around you.
Whenever possible, choose plants that are native to your region, because it helps people to reconnect with the past and with a sense of place. Being surrounded by nature that’s familiar makes a mind-‐body connection that relieves anxiety and restores wellness.
As you become engaged in the activity of creating your garden of peace, you may make a surprising discovery: Forest gardening itself can be restorative, regenerative and therapeutic. It is the practice of doing that we find respite, recovery and healing.
I have seen transformation occur with folks who choose to do the majority of the installation of their forest gardens themselves. Many of my students come to me to collaborate and are guided through a process that proves to be restorative and healing in and of itself. This is both an act of self-‐renewal and planetary renewal.
“People are discovering that they want to bring balance, wholeness and serenity into their lives, and a forest garden is one of the finest ways do that.”
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