Spiritual journeys often reveal themselves over time. I am not one for those that are organized. For many years I have found mine in the company of trees. They are a cathedral that moves me to tears each and every time with their beauty and bounty. They give back to the earth like no other; a perfect life cycle.
This spring as I drive all over my Garden State chasing after work, clients, and plants the devastation of our hardwood forests and my most sacred places again brings me to tears. My eyes fill up as I write this. Upended roots and downed trees are everywhere. Broken limbs torn from the hearts of their trunks are wounds that won’t easily mend. Our forests may take hundreds of years (if ever) to recover from two autumns of extreme weather. Yet Mother Nature has a way of fixing herself and providing solutions where there are seemingly none. The dead and dying become part of the perfect circle as hosts and nesting places. So I stop whenever I can and offer whatever constitutes as prayer that the cathedrals will rise again and offer some other soul solace and joy.
Some other landscape and garden designers are celebrating trees in their own way today as part of the Garden Designers Roundtable monthly thematic posts:
Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO
Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK
Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT
David Cristiani : The Desert Edge : Albuquerque, NM
Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA
Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ
Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT
Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN