First, we want to thank you for your interest in the Sensible Gardener.com and to welcome you to our site. We hope that you will find the answers for which you are looking, not to mention a bit of inspiration.
What, may you ask, is the difference between this site and other landscaping or gardening sites? The name of the site says it right off. Sensible. We want this little virtual environment to be sensible.
And what, may you also ask, do we mean by sensible? A few things, actually.
- The senses: Both gardening and the garden can be a special adventure, a special place for the senses. You get down on your knees, you dig down into the soil, you smell the perfumes of nature, you give life, nurture and help to grow. Thus you create a special place that bears your mark. A place that appeals to the senses.
- Sight: Landscaping is not only bringing together a collection of plants, it is a metaphor representing the world as the landscaper sees it, or would like to see it. It brings beauty to those who see it, and beauty brings inner peace. It is a form of art therapy. Of course, commercial landscapers may not agree on this with sensible landscapers, and it’s too bad for them and their clients.
- Smell: What’s the smell of June? If you live in North America, maybe to you it is Linden. And what’s the smell of November if you live in Australia? Perhaps the sweet perfume of Brown Boronia. Have you ever been to a coastal area where wild rose bushes abound? Going back to these memories, I bet you remember the smell of the roses and salty air. Smell is a strong sense, directly linked with emotions and memory.
- Hearing: The sound of birds singing as they search for food in your trees and bushes. The sound of water flowing in a fountain, cascade or water garden.
- Touch: You dig in the soil with your hands and immediately feel grounded. You lie down on fresh grass and immediately feel relaxed. You let your baby crawl around on your organic lawn.
- Taste: Yes, even taste. I still remember the sweet and sour taste of those cherries my father would pick from the tree he had planted next to our house.
- Reason, as in making sensible choices: Gardening is based on botany, which helps you determine how to grow which plants in which conditions. The Sensible Gardener.com wants you to understand the best ways to grow the healthiest plants in the best conditions. This site is also dedicated to intelligent, sustainable gardening. We want this to be a meeting place where people can find and exchange ways to create and maintain beautiful landscapes using earth friendly methods and products.
The aim of the Sensible Gardener.com is to bring together the senses and reason to help you create sensible landscapes and gardens.
Landscaping draws from architecture and the visual arts. You wouldn’t know this, looking at the work of some landscapers who limit themselves to digging holes and planting trees and bushes. We believe landscaping is much more than that. We think you can find inspiration in the work of true landscapers, be they professional or not, and that this can help you choose the right shapes and colors for you, as well as bring the whole thing together.
We hope that you share the vision of the Sensible Gardener.com, that you will visit often and that you will find answers to your questions.
Nicolas Gendron, aka Nicolas the Gardener