the garden as a portal


The garden might function

as a portal between two different landscapes entities.

The garden can be perceived

as a moment of standstill from

which to contemplate the world outside. *7


'In a traditional Japanese or Chinese garden,

it's not only about the building or temple

but about the whole setup -

the structure, the landscape, the light,

the plants, the water.

The whole experience that makes your life there so beautiful'. *3

WENDELBOS MARKNESSE NL

Ma: Space/Time In The Garden Of Ryoan

 

The garden is a medium

for meditation

Perceive the blankness

Listen to the voice 

of the silence

imagine the void filled

 

Perceive not the objects

but the distance

between them

not the sounds

but the pauses

they leave unfilled

 

Are the rock placed

on the ground

the islands of paradise

is the white sand the

vast ocean

that distances them

from this world

 

B R E A T H

Swallow this garden

let it swallow you

Become one with it. *6


The impulse to garden in hard times has deep roots. 

Jennifer W. Atkinson

'The disadvantage of living in the mountains 

is the isolation whereas the disadvantage of

living in the town is the commotion; best of all is to live in the garden, 

thus partaking of the advantages of both circumstances'. *6