The innate draw to natural landscapes is a universal part of the human experience. Humanity has always been a part of nature as we evolved from primates and continued to be hunter gatherers, and then farmers, fishers, foresters and herders. We only recently made the transition from being mostly rural to mostly urban, as over half of people on Earth became city as opposed to rural village dwellers around 2014. Still, wherever we go, we bring landscapes with us: much effort is invested by urban planners into including green space in cities. Public health statistics reveal that bringing nature to cities in the form of parks and open spaces - and even small areas like gardens - helps us live a higher quality of life. Landscapes are made up of wildlife, plant communities, and watersheds, as well as people and the built environment, and these components are scaled down and brought into the landscaping (as in, gardening) setting. I'm excited to be helping spread the word about an awesome landscape company, Revolution Landscape, that is helping people live healthier, happier lives through landscaping in the San Diego area.
Mission Trails Regional Park is a landscape that provides meaningful experiences in nature for thousands of residents of the San Diego area, as well as visitors to our region. Its chaparral and coastal sage scrub plant communities are home to plants that are often featured in Revolution Landscapes.
Though ideas about natural landscapes vary from culture to culture, our Western ideas about them have been shaped by millennia of our experience as farmers, design in the built environment, writing and photography of nature and cultures close to it, and outdoor activities and travel. In our present day, many wellness disciplines such as horticultural and wilderness therapy have emerged as professionals have researched the effects of nature on peoples’ physiological and psychological wellbeing, showing that the connection between nature and health go beyond just conjecture.
Though not working directly in gardening himself, wilderness therapy guide Steven Harper is based on the Central Coast of California has decades of wisdom guiding others towards more meaningful lives using both natural and built landscapes. The nexus of these two, according to Harper? Gardens.
Revolution Landscapes are places of personal renewal, nature stewardship, and investment in our clients’ lives and properties.
In an effort to to extend the benefits of living closer to nature beyond the experiential treks he guides, Harper has come to recommend gardening “to workshop participants who seek ways of staying connected outside of the wilderness environment. When practiced in a sustainable way, gardening and farming are activities in which people and wild nature intermesh and begin to coevolve. Gardening yields deep insights into how we can physically, mentally, and spiritually find creative balance between wild nature and human nature. Gardening immerses us in a basic natural cycle that directly sustains our life. We get our hands dirty and our bodies sweaty. Gardening can be the physical embodiment of symbiosis and coevolution, the ‘ground’ in which we practice what we have learned in wilderness. We give to the Earth as well as receiving.”
Our appreciation of local and global natural areas - both the “green space” of our local parks and preserves, to the “blue space” of our beaches and breathtaking coastline - inspire us to bring nature to your home through our landscape design and installation.
Landscaping your yard can connect you to where you live and improve your life in numerous ways. Whether gardening ourselves, or creating means of remaining in closer contact with the beauty and goodness of nature by having our yard landscaped using thoughtful and well-informed design, the benefits are many for our mind, body and spirit. Spending time with landscapes - from the many square miles of watersheds to a few hundred square feet on our own property - can bring us the personal renewal that all of our lives need.
If you're interested in learning more about how Revolution Landscape can bring goodness to your life through their landscapes, please reach be in touch via my contact form.