Aaron's Intuitive Garden
At my place of residence on Beacon Hill, I have for 3 years built and maintained a garden that features a variety of edible plants, decorative flowers, and sculptural forms.I had read of the benefits of gardening,of having a relationship with the things we eat, and I took an interest in learning how to grow as many vegetables as taste demanded. Since I am mostly a vegetarian, it was practically a no-brainer and I thought that if I mixed in my art I could create an interesting place to be. A friend of mine had told me that it was easy to turn lawn and weeds into a thriving raised garden bed that could harbor life for birds insects and other creatures. Putting down a layer of cardboard on top of the grass and weeds was often enough to kill them. The roots of these plants leave behind a loosened soil structure capable of supporting deeply rooted vegetables. Our house which sits on a larger tract(lot and 1/2) than most of our neighbors takes a long time to mow and maintain, so the act of putting in the beds also subtracted from time spent mowing.
In the garden is the bench from our wedding 10 years ago.
reunion tower. I have also added a pair of hop plants that are producing more and more buds each year. The Oregon Grape, honey locusts, and other woody plants produce a lot of twigs and sticks throughout the year that they either drop during windy days or are left behind from trimming.
The garden also acts as an chronological exhibition space for my a sculptures as they have evolved in medium and style. Examples of ceramics from early in my career are laid among others of a more recent date. There are examples of works that are found primarily in their own form in nature, stone carvings, wood carvings, and other miscellaneous objects like beach pebbles, broken pottery, and sculptural fragments. There are a few objects that are symbolic tokens from recent journeys.
This garden does attract some wildlife. Squirrels and raccoons visit. I see robins, juncos, wrens, nuthatches, and flickers on a regular basis. A pair of crows has a nest in one of our trees. We see ruby red-throated hummingbirds, little downy woodpeckers, and an occasional purple finch. Many of these birds prefer to forage on and beneath our plants particularly in our aphid infested kale. I've even seen a red tailed hawk which was mercilessly attacked by a gang of crows trying to seek sanctuary in one of our trees. The only owls though, are the ones I've made, and so far they only seem to keep the pigeons away. My intuitive garden offers me a place to escape the stress of life,it is my own private park to reflect on the direction of my life, and it is my home. On the weekends when others are away in search of a special place, I often find it right in my own back yard.