NWFGS2013 032I have been interested in Asian gardens for several years. The first time I connected with an Chinese garden was in Suzhou, PRC. Looking at the water lilies with coins tossed on top of them, then sitting under the pagoda drinking tea was a delightful experience. My first connection with a Japanese garden was at a friend’s home. There too, the act of sitting within nature, created a stillness inside which was both refreshing and invigorating. More recently, I have greatly benefited from volunteering with the gardeners at Kubota Garden in South Seattle and working in residential gardens which also have an Asian inspiration. I have tried to incorporate this into my garden, Dragonfly. It has more the quietness of a Japanese garden, but there are also active, Chinese elements in it. Each of my pots is influenced by Ikebana, a Japanese philosophy of floral arrangement which stresses the harmonious setting of the elements. My goal is that not only each pot, but the entire garden reflects the harmony of humanity within heaven and earth. Not only is nature healing us, but as we interact with nature, we also strive to preserve and heal it by inviting nature in.

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