Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Make your garden a haven from stress

Make your garden a haven from stress
STRESSED, feeling low, anxious or depressed? If you are one of the fortunate few who have never been blighted by this increasing endemic debilitating our society, I am sure you all know someone who has suffered.

This may be a serious subject to broach in a gardening column, but it is apt, since gardens can soothe even the most unquiet of minds, and induce a sense of peace.

With careful and sensitive consideration you can create a garden in your own back yard that can be a haven from all of life’s stresses and strains. Here’s how.

The first consideration is to create a feeling of safety — that is, security and shelter — in the garden through privacy. Utilise trees, hedging or climbers on trellis and seasonal additions such as a parasol or for a more contemporary look, shade sails.

Personalise the space with plants and/or objects that evoke positive memories from childhood, holidays, friends or family. It will give you that all-important sense of belonging.

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