Stepping Lightly On Earth


   In IMG_3026to day’s lifestyle of compressed time frames & rushed schedules, there is an increasing need to find a place of repose- a place to calm & centre oneself.
      Nature has been known to be restorative & re-charge spent state of being. There’s another significant way that nature works: By enhancing the positive. ‘Positive sensory experiences trigger
positive responses and reactions.’
 ‘We can’t actually measure the level of endorphins in a person’s body, but through brain imaging we can see that parts of the brain that are rich in endorphin
receptors become active when there is positive stimulus, such as seeing a beautiful vista, or smelling a fragrant plant, or hearing birdsong. And perhaps this is why gardens and other natural
landscapes are so restorative: They provide a multi sensory experience in which more than one positive response is triggered – light, colour, sound, scent, touch – all combine to a create a rich positive
experience. A lot of data out there in neuroscience research tells us that place matters. We are affected by our environment, and if we manipulate our surroundings to reduce stress and to provide positive
responses, we will benefit.’ Esther Sternberg
Healing gardens are just that- whether they are community gardens, sensory gardens, memorials or prison gardens-they have the power to help people live healthier, happier,
 satisfactory lives.



In carrying forward this conversation, this year’s Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show is also about community gardens.

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Once upon a time gardeners believed that flowers and herbs had more power if gathered by moonlight – especially if you planted them for spells and potions. Maybe this was because some plants are more fragrant at night, as they try to attract night flying moths and other insects.
A lot of us work long hours in the day & by the time we get home, its too dark to enjoy our garden.
So we design a MOON GARDEN!
Busy professionals by day repair to moon gardens by night for meditation, reading or late-night cocktails.
Successfully planned and planted, the evening garden becomes a parallel ecosystem of night-blooming flora and fauna. These plants and pollinators co-evolved “so they don’t have to compete with daytime flowers and pollinators, through the process of natural selection,” says W. John Kress, a botanist who specializes in pollination biology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, in Washington.
White & grey coloured foliage, night flowering plants, plants with variegated foliage etc are some of the important elements of the moon garden.

Contact EarthMatters Consulting to design your moon garden.

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The organic, circular forms of the mobile here make it an excellent way to highlight air currents, and it’s well positioned to catch drafts from the windows or the heating and air conditioning system. The shape also has a soothing effect.
Mark the passage of time. This play of light & shade brings about a consciousness not only of the gentle air movement between two doors, but also to the passage of time during the day and the seasonal variations.

They support the homeowners’ mental well-being because they subconsciously make it clear that neither time, nor the air in the home, is standing still. It makes the experience of the same space varied.shadows


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glowing treeSometime back I wrote about BioMimicry. This topic has now found fresh ground by researchers trying to add the ‘glow’ phenomenon to street trees that will glow in the dark & we can eliminate street lights! While this is an exciting prospect, what does this do to the antagonism towards genetically modified plants? We need to be watchful of the dangers associated with that.