Last year, I began to dream of transforming one area of the community garden into an ongoing art process, with plants as the medium and people as participants rather than just viewers. A collaborative process has emerged involving children and adults from the neighborhood and students from the local high school. Elements of our living art environment will include a spiral wildflower path, earth chairs formed from leftover sod, a living willow cove, a human sundial, a visitor-friendly worm bed, and an herbal “smelly path.” This has been one of the most satisfying and inspiring projects with which I have ever been involved. It’s amazing what can happen with a handful of seeds!
My hope is that this will be a place where people can experience directly the beauty, complexity and healing power of the living world.