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Sunday, 26 November 2017 14:20

Decadent & Austere

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Creating a Garden Design I ask for several layers of narrative. One, a mission statement, no more than 2-3 sentences of what you want from and for your landscape. Some clients don't have that type of brain, so I ask for 2-3 sentences describin
g their finished garden.
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Years ago I began keeping journals. Not written entries of my day/week kind of journals. Too simple, beyond boring. Journals to elevate the days/weeks of my life, no matter its days. In spite of some of those days.
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Several themes emerged. Both gardens, below, living large one of those themes, pairs of words. First pairing of words to emerge, Sacred & Profane. Remains as delightful as first discovered, excepting now an old friend 'pairing'.


Pic, above, here.
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Both gardens, above/below, intensely restrained prosceniums yet overtly decadent in metaphor, Decadent/Austere.

Parc André Citroën
Pic, above, here.
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A sacred/profane trip to small town, south Georgia, Americana presented itself this Thanksgiving. Couldn't pass it by. A courthouse square, and the night of Thanksgiving, lighting of the Christmas tree and strands of lights from the courthouse to ancillary buildings/streets.
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Sacred & Profane, small town, still using religion and commerce. A total joy, no one deluded. Not even Santa, he was total game, ahead of turning the lights on, exactly on time, Santa drove around the Courthouse Square in his sleigh, bottom pic, reindeer included.
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Before pulling Santa, below, the reindeer were corralled and snacking.

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Blurry, below, Santa & his reindeer were moving fast around the square. Santa had to get that tree and lights lit, signalling the beginning of shopping on the square. Later, I realized I didn't know who paid for the gorgeous extravaganza. Chamber of commerce, churches, a mix ? No worries, the crowd was huge, and the underlying intent, profane, honored the sacred.
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Bought a new journal book, shopping on the square, after Santa lit the lights. The next morning, up early, cozied in a chair by the Christmas village, with coffee and new journal, hoping for something good to enter. The hotel coming to life, the ladies cooked a fragrant breakfast, TV tuned to Macy's parade coming on soon.
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Time flew, the reading was good. Many pairs of words.
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Mystery/Meaning, Creation/Transcendence, Law/Grace, Righteousness/Corruption, Universalism/Particularism, Pious/Secular, Compassion/Violence, Justice/Judging, Prayer/Listening, Ultimate/Common, Mystery/Reason, Ideas/Realities. Are you conscious of word pairings too?
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With word pairs came quotes.
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"Vocation is a gift not a goal." Parker Palmer
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"Design at its core, thrives when a human being cares enough to do work that touches another----it doesn't thrive when it gets more efficient." Seth Godin.
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Before the internet most clients, in their mission statements included, easy-to-maintain, and not-cost-a-lot. Efficient, yes?
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After the internet I'm not asked to include little maintenance/money. Why? Greater understanding of what a good garden is, from those hiring me. Good gardens don't have low maintenance/cheap in their mission statement. That paring flows, more deeply, and is inherent, designing a garden that will change your life. Seth Godin nailed it, again.
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What pair of words describe the garden you have, or want to create?
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Garden & Be Well, XOT

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