We are excited that another one of our clients has decided to grow her own organic food. She will have a large variety with these large raised bed containers we just finished building and installing. She will have plenty of fresh vegetables all year round and it will be very difficult for the rabbits and squirrels to eat her crops before she and her family can.
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My personal labyrinth journey began in 1992 when I read “A Twisting Walk to Inner Peace on a Painted Purple Canvas” in The New York Times. The article included a photo of the first canvas labyrinth installed in the nave of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. I walked that labyrinth on St. Patrick’s Day, 1995, became a certified labyrinth facilitator the following year, and in 1997 was instrumental in creating and leading The Labyrinth Project at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in north Dallas. I have a small canvas labyrinth in my office at Southside on Lamar, and have walked labyrinth all over the US and in several foreign countries, including France, Italy, England, Ireland, and Australia.
So, it seemed an obvious choice to add a labyrinth to our garden!
The design of the labyrinth is actually a universal archetype, found all over the world from as long ago as 5,000 BCE. It takes many forms – the classical 7-circuit spiral labyrinth, the “man in the maze” from the native O'odham people, and the medieval 11-circuit church labyrinth are perhaps the most familiar.
Labyrinths and mazes are often confused but are actually very different. Mazes are like puzzles to be solved; walking them can lead to confusion and even “getting lost” as maze walkers are confronted with cul-de-sacs and frequent choices between turning right or left. The goal of a maze is to discover the “correct” path to the center. In contrast, labyrinths only have one path, one course from the entrance to the center. Labyrinth walkers very quickly find they can suspend worry about following the path, slow down, find their own pace, and settle into a calm, meditative state as they walk. The labyrinth journey has three movements – the path from the entrance to the center, time in the center to meditate or pray, and finally, following the same path from the center out to the entrance. Walking the labyrinth has become an important spiritual practice, one I often couple with journaling, sitting meditation or prayer.
The construction of our labyrinth began with a 22’ garden template – in the St. Paul design – from The Labyrinth Company in Kensington, Connecticut. The St. Paul design has 7 circuits and is based on the 11-circuit design from Chartres Cathedral in France. We oriented the labyrinth in our yard so that when standing at the entrance, one faces due east and has a lovely view of our front garden and the green space across from our home. Jamie and her crew first positioned the garden template on the lawn and then painted a circle around its circumference. The template was then shifted and all the sod removed from the area where the labyrinth was to be built. Once the sod was gone, the template was secured to the ground and construction began! It was so exciting to watch as chopped stone began to mark off the outer circle of the labyrinth, Dwarf Mondo grass was planted in between the labyrinth paths, and finally, as decomposed granite was laid and compacted in the paths. A large bounder was positioned near the entrance; the boulder has proven to be a pleasant place for reflection either before or after each labyrinth walk.
We enjoy walking the labyrinth at various times in the day – first thing in the morning, when our neighborhood is quiet and the air is cool, mid-afternoon after a day of working in the house or garden, or in the evening after a long day at the office. It is always there, beckoning to us, reminding us to slow down, breathe, and be at peace. The labyrinth is just a design, a tool, a space. But with use, that space begins to take on atmosphere, purpose and meaning. Jamie, Sandra, and the crew not only set the physical imprint for our labyrinth, they contributed the first energy. Their gentleness and respect – for us, our garden, and home, as well as for one another – set the tone for our garden labyrinth. We are grateful for the gift of their attitude, professionalism, and expertise. We could not ask for better partners for our garden!Mary Anne Reed and Jennifer Pravin
We tell all who ask (and even some who don't) what a wonderful job Gardens for Texas has done for us. You guys developed a plan for our back yard to coordinate with our pond and to take into account the shade produced by all the trees. The overall result is so pleasing that, when our son gets married this summer, he and his fiancee are planning to have the rehearsal dinner in our back yard. We've been on the pond tour for two years and the people who come ask more questions about our beautiful beds, etc. than they do about the water feature. We couldn't be more pleased with the service and creativity you guys have given us. Bill and Faith Dallas, TX
Ours hats are off to Gardens for Texas for the first rate job they did for us during the summer of 2013. Our front yard had a complete makeover with new flower bed design, new sidewalk, and a new front patio. They did the job start to finish to our satisfaction. After the hard winter of 2013/2014, they replaced any of the new plants that did not make it through. Many people have commented favorably on our front yard as they walk past. Great job Gardens for Texas! We recommend them and will use them again for future projects. Alan and Telma W. Plano, TX
Founded by Jamie and Sandra, Gardens for Texas is a small business devoted to the enhancement of property values in and around Dallas. The business has a new website at gardensfortexas.com, designed by an experienced web developer. The website has many informational snippets which leads the customer to read about the vision and mission of Gardens for Texas's founders. The business's mission is described as an endeavor to provide excellent customer service with the use of organic materials while enhancing property value and creating a unique landscape that reflects the tastes and preferences of the customer. SERVICES leads the customer to discover that Gardens for Texas offers more than gardening; they offer landscaping services in vegetable raised beds, pergolas and decks, stone patios, retaining walls, and maintenance services, among others. There are descriptions and accompanying photographs of examples of extended services by Gardens for Texas, including bringing in a Landscape Architect, an Organic Horticulturist, and an Arborist. The approach of the business is described in the OUR APPROACH page, and is a three-step process. The first step is to assess the property and the customer's vision for what they would like Gardens for Texas to do to improve their property for their enjoyment and maximum return if the house were to sell. The business emphasizes that they listen to the customer's concerns and will walk the customer's property with them, honestly answering their questions about realistic gardening, and budgetary concerns. The second step is the proposal, where Gardens for Texas develops a plan for renovation based on the assessment of the property and the customer's landscaping desires. The business will calculate all material and labor costs, including the number of trees, shrubs, and beds, and soil amendments. The third step of the process is the execution phase, where Gardens for Texas will begin the renovation once the customer approves the proposed changes and cost. GALLERY includes photographs of Before & After, Seasonal Color, Container Gardens, and Gardens for Texas at Work, so that the customer can take a look at the kind of work the business done for other clients with property located in the Dallas Metroplex. There are also signed testimonials from previous customers.
Gardens for Texas made a commitment to be environmentally friendly long before it was in vogue to do so. We were “Green” likely before the term was coined. We want to work with nature to bring about balance. As landscape design and installation experts, we create rich, healthy soil by using organic landscaping matter incorporated into all of our newly created landscapes. We reduce evaporation and weed germination by blanketing all of our beds with a layer of mulch. More and more nurserymen and plant growers are offering native Texas plants. These are native plants that have been improved upon for their more prolific blooms and performance. We incorporate as much native or adapted to Texas plant materials as we can in every landscape. Many of the things formerly known as weeds are now being sold as ground covers. Two shady ground covers, Horse herb and Gil Ivy, were once targeted for eradication. Now, one can buy them in flats! Mother Nature knows what she's doing. Why not follow her lead? We work within nature's system by using fertilizers that are organic with no fillers, loaded with trace minerals and low in nitrogen. They are safe to humans, pets, wildlife, insects and the earth in general. By far, the best way to feed your plants is to keep your soil healthy with plenty of compost. This is why Gardens for Texas does not rake and dispose of leaves or grass clippings, but finely mulches them and leaves them in place. These break down and return to the soil needed humus. In our hot and humid climate this takes place quickly. Organic gardening is more about prevention than eradication. Even when natural pesticides are used, it's as a last resort. We do not use man made chemicals of any kind. Organics is about the soil, about the primacy of organic matter, about plants, and most importantly, about natural systems that have existed long before man. It's about balance. Why aren't organic methods more universally understood and used? For one thing, science and nature have been out of sync for some time. The sciences of botany and zoology teach only about the growing half of life, nothing about the other half death and decay. In the past we have failed to understand nature's powerful and resilient systems that respect birth, death, decay and birth again—in other words, recycling. Nature's systems are complicated and intricate. However, it's easy to understand how to put conditions in place that allow nature's systems to work effectively on their own. Soil health programs feed plants indirectly through a natural and balanced process, similar to the way people are nourished on healthy, balanced diets. Soil is the key to health. For nature to function properly there must be a mix of plant materials and animals. All landscapes must have a mixture of soil organisms, insects, plants, small animals, and large animal elements. This mix allows nature's checks and balances to properly function. Microbes, insects, snakes, lizards, toads, birds, mammals, perennials, annuals, grasses, shrubs and trees are all important to the whole of nature. Gardens for Texas is devoted to helping nature, never harming nature in the goal of creating your dream landscape. That's our promise.