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A deep nature garden is an evolving work of living art, crafted continuously for maximum beauty. It is a beautiful, diverse, abundant expression of Gaia, guided by skilled human hands. We are deeply committed to creating and evolving the naturalistic beauty of every deep nature garden.
A deep nature garden is a living thing that needs care. We enjoy being trusted with the continuing care of your gardens. At the same time, we also enjoy showing you how to care for them, so that you can take over if you like.
In some ways a deep nature garden is like a pet. If you don’t give it regular love it becomes unruly.
Here are some of the great reasons to have a deep nature garden in your landscape:
- It is visually beautiful, in the same way as a natural scene untouched by human hands.
- It is extremely drought tolerant. You can skip watering for weeks at a time, and it will perk up right away when you water it.
- It attracts countless critters like butterflies, bees, birds, and many others.
- It is like a slice of natural ecosystem, but managed by a human.
- It can be abundantly productive of food or other products useful to people and other creatures.
- It improves the surrounding ecosystem by contributing seeds and other food eaten by various creatures.
- It is a “species ark” that can shelter many kinds of unusual, rare, interesting plants and animals.
- It is a toxin-free enclave where refined pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers are not used.
- It is always changing, as new plants come in and old plants are pruned or removed.
- Once it is shaped, it requires less maintenance as it grows more mature.
- It is a great place to sit or stand quietly, communing with a beautiful, happy ecosystem.
Here’s more about deep nature gardens and how they work:
On this page, we focus on how we can help you grow a beautiful deep nature garden. We can continue caring for it as it evolves, and we are also happy to show you how to take care of it yourself.
two phases of work
There are two phases of a deep nature garden. In the shaping phase we prepare the garden for its future growth. In the continuing evolution phase the garden grows and changes under the loving care of its human steward. Part of your landscape may still be in the shaping phase while another area might already be a fully shaped deep nature garden.
shaping your garden space
In the shaping phase, a lot can happen quickly. Major features of the garden can change. Rocks might go in, lawns might come out. Large plants might be removed or pruned. Irrigation might be added or modified. Seeds might be scattered. Small plants might be added.
Not every shaping is so dramatic. Many existing gardens already have beautiful landscaping and lots of interesting plants. These gardens might only need a bit of thinning and pruning, and then they are ready to evolve into a true deep nature space. For such a garden, the shaping phase can be quite short.
The shaping phase is a time of clearing and creative opening of the space. We offer the shaping of your deep nature garden as an hourly service.
To learn much more, read shaping your garden.
As the shaping nears completion we begin the continuing evolution of the deep nature garden. In this phase the garden is adjusted in-flight by a human lover of garden art, always aiming for that particular “ah!” aesthetic of a naturalistic garden.
We very much enjoy being that human adjuster in your gardens. We offer artistic evolution of every deep nature garden, on a monthly subscription basis or as hourly work.
To learn much more, read continuing evolution.