“There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”
I am sharing some of my older posts for Self Care September. The Healing Power of Gardening is the first. If you have been following my gardening posts, you will know that my garden has changed quite a bit since this post was first scheduled!
I was given the keys to my current home back in September 2010 – an incredibly JOYful day!
The garden (seen above) was a blank canvas, and pretty soon I had a plan in place for a system of raised beds and gravel paths, a pond, several seating areas and a screen to camouflage my bins and oil tank.
I hate cutting grass, so my garden was designed to be grass free!
In 2007, I worked in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle as part of my Organic Horticulture work experience. I was very blessed to attend the launch of the Donegal Garden Trail, http://www.donegalgardentrail.com and I decided there and then, that one day I would have a garden in the trail too.
In July 2012, my wish came true and I opened my garden to the public for three summers in all – the proceeds going to my favourite animal charities.
You might wonder how I managed to achieve so much in such a short space of time. The truth is I had a lot of help! Accepting help and support has been one of my major life lessons.
The raised beds were built, top soil was delivered and spread, gravel paths were laid and screening built by a big, strong man – my days of heavy digging are over!
Gardening has helped me to heal on every level:
- My body has enjoyed fresh air and exercise,
- My emotions have been uplifted,
- My mind has been soothed and stilled,
- My spirit has been renewed.
I love to potter gently in my garden these days and simply watch the daisies.
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Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.