Garden Inspiration

Themed Reflective Gardens

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prayer garden design

Gardens and gardening for all age groups, brings a new awareness of the changing seasons, with their positive and negative influences on plant growth, as well as a great sense of reward. Together, the seasons make up a complete year, and can illustrate different stages of journeying through our lives.

Exploring spirituality for all ages through creativity and gardening – gardening the heart.

Seeing something grow or enabling seeds to grow to maturity, or a bare patch of ground come to life, filled with a variety of blooms, insects and butterflies, is life enhancing. The gardening process brings people of all ages a great sense of achievement. Parallels in life and spirituality can be drawn from every aspect of gardening.

Themed Reflective Gardens with creative planting, places to sit and reflect offer:

  • opportunities for all age engagement with the seasons and participation in seasonal gardening activities
  • ways to explore and deepen understanding of spiritual truths using everyday objects, relationships and processes.
  • creative resources for nurturing spirituality for all ages

Gardening the Heart team can support the design process. For examples of designs read more…PG-ScrapbookPhoto-WinterRest

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Exploring Spirituality- Danby C of E Primary

Outdoor Seasonal Quiet days

Nature’s  seasonal cycles and rhythms as they reflect stages and situations in life’s journey, have endless potential as a starting point to quiet days and creative reflection. Exploring disciplines of stillness and silence outdoors as a ‘meeting place with God’ are invaluable tools for reflection.  Gardening the Heart hosts Quiet Days for adults, young people and families in partnership with churches, groups and individuals on seasonal and gardening themes. Opportunities for gardening and creative activities are often included. Read more…

Why a parable-themed garden or outdoor area?

Parable Garden offers communities fresh approaches to teaching on the Kingdom of God through creative engagement with the parables, helping people to explore and deepen understanding of spiritual truths using everyday objects, relationships and processes.

Nature and natural processes mirror the character and kingdom of God. Most people have some kind of connection with the natural environment, be it through walking, gardening, growing vegetables, sports activities, picnicking, wildlife and art interests. However with the demands of today’s society, many people don’t have the time or opportunity to consider the rich spiritual connections that exist between nature, natural processes and Christ, His character and life.

Nature mirrors the Divine. “for since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and Divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1 v 20)

This disconnection between man and the natural environment hinders spiritual awareness and growth both of individuals, churches and communities.

Parable Garden offers workshops and resources for churches, small groups, schools and individuals, to help people creatively explore or rediscover these connections.

The value of creative approaches to teaching and learning is universally recognised in many spheres, not least in the church, but more opportunities are needed. It has been reported by educationalists that you only remember 10{a4f397daf1c71f9020c37f2fb02e87f916c91509f8d342f998b907f5233c0d08} of what you read, but 20{a4f397daf1c71f9020c37f2fb02e87f916c91509f8d342f998b907f5233c0d08} of what you hear, 30{a4f397daf1c71f9020c37f2fb02e87f916c91509f8d342f998b907f5233c0d08} of what you see and 90{a4f397daf1c71f9020c37f2fb02e87f916c91509f8d342f998b907f5233c0d08} of what you do.