Inside the new mindfulness era is one decidedly old-school approach to soothing the harried psyche: gardens. Landscape architects are answering the call to create spaces that encourage inner peace.
Local firm Bluegreen (bluegreenaspen.com) designed this Aspen home garden as a meditative space that provides a particularly relaxing view from the office. “The design uses classic dry landscape principles, but instead of raked pebbles to represent water, our client preferred [an actual] pool of water,” describes firm principal Sheri Sanzone.
Water was very important to Richard Mullen of Demesne’s (demesne.design) clients at this Roaring Fork Meadows home. A brook cascades through the site separating the master suite from the main rooms of the house. “This not only adds to the visual experience from within the house, but also gives the master suite an added layer of ‘white noise’ privacy,” explains Mullen.
Originally created as a ceremony site by Madderlake (madderlake.com), the circle was a special addition to the property’s already extensive landscaping. As principal Jody Rhone describes it, “We created a charming, winding trail to reach the circle, which is ringed by 10 rustic benches built by a local craftsman.” It has since become a cherished spot for the family to gather, reflect or practice yoga.
The 1-acre Peace Garden at True Nature Healing Arts combines several installations to inspire mindful practice. Walking the labyrinth “is a powerful healing and meditative practice used for centuries by different cultures across the globe,” writes a representative from DHM Design (dhmdesign.com) who collaborated on the landscape architecture. Nothing like walking a maze to concentrate the mind.
The Aspen via Miami contingent knows the tropical Zen life is also top-of-mind, as evidenced here in the highly anticipated The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach (theresidencesmiamibeach.com). The amenity-filled project has provided for its residents’ minds, bodies and spirits with a meditation garden in the 7.5-acre complex.