It’s spring, a favorite time for avid gardeners, and today is Earth Day, a day to celebrate all God’s creation! There are many ways to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the world. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis talks about the love St. Francis had for wildflowers: “For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched so that wildflowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty.”
Many Missourians are now developing wildflower gardens and even prairie patches filled with little blue stem and other native grasses. This kind of gardening not only brings beauty into the home setting, it can also attract wildlife and even help preserve some species, such as the Monarch Butterfly.
Bringing nature home to urban settings is partly science and partly art.
Dutchman Piet Oldohf, one of the world’s foremost landscape designers, seeks to create places of “enhanced nature” that human beings can cherish and enjoy. See this video Emotive Landscapes to take a turn with Oldholf in his own personal garden. Happy Earth Day!