Bringing what was once there back to life.
Every place you stand has history...
research and learn about it,
then celebrate through gardening.
Gardens change. Not only every day - - the opening of a rose bud, unfurling of an iris, or the fading of those oh-too-soon pink flowers of the peach tree - - but over a few years, decades, and centuries, time does often erase what was once there.
I have had the opportunity to have "stumbled upon" some forgotten gardens, gardeners, and the beauty, passion, and deep devotion that history has just forgotten or ignored. I have seen where I had spent endless hours of design, planting, and its' resulting beauty...only to visit again to find it has disappeared due to vandalism, neglect, and a most painful cause - ignorance.
To reconnect with the intention, plans, and even the plant lists of gardeners long gone is an exciting delve into research, their lives, what the varieties of plants where then, and the ways in which they would "see" it come together.
This is the excitement of reconstructing someone's beloved garden.
Check back here for discussions of how to sift through the past to bring it back in the garden again.