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Wilderness Gardening

Gardens can leave room for the wild.

Imagine your perfect landscape. What if, in that exquisite place, Louis left a little area for nature to take its course? A wilderness area nourishes your entire garden by providing a safe haven for beneficial wildlife like birds and frogs. It also protects your ecosphere with its processes for cleaning and renewal. You’ll be amazed at the richness and beauty that blooms there.

All living things occupy a niche, the set of environmental conditions in which they thrive. Some living things live in water, others on dry land. Niches, however, can be very precise. Of those creatures that live in water, some require shallow water, others, deep; some need to be in shady water, others can survive only in sun-filled waters. Likewise for earth-bound creatures and even for plant life: some do best with minimal human impact. A wilderness area encourages much more variety, resulting in a healthier, more sustainable landscape for everything growing there.

Landscape design can include creating areas of wilderness to promote mental and physical well-being.Louis understands that a little section of wilderness—your "wild" interior garden—also feeds the spirit. It’s been demonstrated that shifting from urbanized, complex environments to more natural ones promotes relaxation, calm, healing, re-connecting and strengthening. Research findings in health, medicine and psychology document that nature has inherently positive effects on physical and psychological well-being for humans and other animals. Ask yourself to visualize a serene and stress-free place. You probably don’t think of a freeway, an airport or a city street but, rather, forests, coastlines, mountains, fields of flowers.

The original "Garden of Eden" theory behind created wilderness areas is linked to the discovery that returning to nature is healthy. Re-engaging with environments and activities that are more like what our ancestors experienced—in other words, that are reflected in our genetic makeup—actually awakens or activates certain physical and psychological "indigenous" responses. Wilderness space has proven to be enormously healing and rejuvenating for land, plants, animals and humans.

But you don’t need to devote all your property or even a major portion of it to creating your own patch of wilderness: Louis can leave a small pond or the corner of a far border to flourish as it will. Welcome birds and other wildlife, and give yourself and your land a space for real freedom—the ancient, majestic freedom of Nature herself, unconstrained by human hand. Stroll through your own patch of Eden, and feel serene in the wonder and wildness Louis will allow for you in your landscape.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.—John Muir
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