The lower gardens include a myriad of sculptures all tied to this place, all tied to the earth. They honor what once was, the dreams of what may come and the life connection of all that is. Even under a blanket of snow their beauty and mystique radiate through.
Discarded slate tiles from the Pennsylvania German Bank barn.
Twisted rebar from the replaced one-lane bridge down the lane.
Slate lifted from the earth.
The Dreamer surrounded by the snow covered circuits of the labyrinth.
The energy of the pyramid pulsates through the snow.
The vines entwine calling to us to walk further down the path.
So I clicked on it and began reading. The last series of maps in the article took my breath away. IF we do not change our current path our grandchildren will see economic collapse and their grandchildren who live in the eastern part of the United States will not be able to live outside for over a third of the year. In less than 200 years we will have created a future that science fiction writers have envisioned.
Another compelling chart from the report is the one below, which shows the number of days per year when the heat and humidity are too high for humans to be safely outside.
From Mother Jones, article by Tim McDonnell
So what does this have to do with gardening?
I am a future thinker, the N in the Myers-Briggs personality assessment. I may exist in the present but all my efforts are created for the future. Present time thinkers or the S, find it difficult to wrap their minds around the sadness I feel when I walk through the gardens. I know nothing is permanent. Perhaps this is why I have a strong desire to share the beauty and serenity that is the garden. We protect what we know and love Let us encourage everyone we know to go out and create their own connection to their Mother Earth.