The more I design, the more I want people to interact with nature by slowing down. We look for visual awe without taking the time to engage with a space. But it’s the environments we can’t manufacture that provide moments of unexpected joy. A successful garden should make you feel comfortable enough to lose track of time. It’s like getting lost in a conversation with something or someone beautiful that consumes and cultivates your attention.
There are many ways that space can influence feeling. Garden design is about knowing how you want to feel when you enter that moment. I often stop in the middle of a consultation and defer to instinct. Gardens aren’t about filling up spaces like garages—they are there to remind us that no matter how much we have been conditioned to worship and surround ourselves with the material of men, it’s life surrounding us, as it grows, it’s mother nature in real time reacting to its environment. She, beautifully, was there far before we started tending our boxes and using her to make our spaces more peaceful.
Here are some thoughts on cultivating your outdoor space:
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Brook Klausing is founder of Brook Landscape.
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