It begins with your mind. We work with you to find the elements you need in a garden sanctuary to create harmony, peace and a place to let go of the tension that emotional pain creates.
It's a healing garden when you feel so safe and connected in nature that you can emotionally let go. Children are naturally drawn to places to hide in nature. A cave of twigs under a leafy low branch with a little door on the front and a sign 'Kids only' is a consistent winner. They can't help themselves. In that space of safety they lose themselves in their own thoughts, imagination and play. Imagine as an adult, coming across a hidden pocket in a beautiful garden and finding a cocoon to nestle in, womb like with luscious cushions and green all around. No-one can find you there easily, you are safe to just be and find peace. You can hear the birds flit around, the water trickle nearby and the scent of flowers tickles your senses. Imagine it if was your garden, if it was in every park you came across, every workplace and hospital. Wouldn't we have a different view of life?
When feelings get on top of us and illness hits, we often retreat from social interaction, yet mostly our parks and gardens are designed only for that. Seats are out in the open, surrounded by vast swathes of hard surface with minimal and uninspirational planting. It leaves us feeling exposed when we really want the opposite, so there is no desire to spend time connecting with the little bit of nature offered in spaces like this. Nature is a great healer. We know that because we often choose to escape from cities on holidays, coming back more peaceful and happy. Yet that connection with feelings of well being and nature is overlooked when returning to the city. A garden for healing will be a place you want to linger, that gives you opportunities to be in the environment you need like a natural womb like cave, a pretty and uplifting hug of flowers with a shady tree or on top of a hill with a long view connecting you to endless possibilities or ideally, all three. This is the philosophy behind all our design work, working closely with the clients to weave positive associations into every aspect of the landscape. 'Life changing', 'Tranquil', 'Sanctuary' and 'Peaceful' are how people often describe how they feel in our gardens. Can you imagine something so beautiful surround you every day?
Dirtscape Dreaming has 18 years of award winning expertise and creativity growing across Melbourne (our home), country Victoria, interstate across Australia and Internationally. With my diverse background of oncology nursing, fashion design, landscape design and teaching it was always going to be a company that traversed a path of its own. During a journey of healing through nature, emotional healing, spiritual and personal growth I discovered that we aren't meant to be who our parents taught us to be, we are meant to find ourselves and grow into who we imagine we want to be. We are all unique individuals and to be true to ourselves requires help sometimes. Our company offers much more than a garden - it is a journey to you through the beauty and inspiration that Nature offers, connecting you to another world beyond. Indigenous people describe a connection to land, their ancestors and their values as a spiritual connection. We bring you to your land, your spirit, your stories.
I believe that creativity is within all of us, if we can just let ourselves dream for a little while without our minds telling us it could never work. Beautiful environments are inspiring and create that space in our minds to allow ideas in.
Dirtscape Dreaming will guide you through from the spark of a dream about your new garden to when the last plant is nestled in the ground, then we help you care for them and discover you. Our gardens and landscapes have won many awards, found themselves in magazines and news, and sometimes are open to the garden loving public for events. Our clients are people from all kinds of places and backgrounds with a common need for sanctuary in their lives or workplaces. In times of community trauma or building resilience, our gentle way of discovering the common healing pathway through Nature is an empowering place to start recovery and where better to begin.. than in a garden.
If our philosophy speaks to your heart, whether your garden is residential or commercial we would love to help you. Just call or fill in the online form and we'll meet you for a design consultancy visit. All locations and enquiries welcome! Keep an eye on the Events list, sign up for the newsletter and come along to a workshop or talk to create, get inspired and feel the passion we bring to our work. Country locations happily added on request.