Tag: Gardens


Gardens engage the mind, muscles, and hope

Planting a seed engages the mind. Working the soil engages the muscles in our hands. Watching new life grow engages our hope. Gardening is perhaps one of the oldest and most common ways we interact with nature everyday, and there is increasing awareness among scientists of the potential health benefits derived from gardening activities. A…

Overcoming the Mountain Pass: Community Resilience

For the Lee family, their community garden represents Arirang (아리랑), a stirring Korean folk song with a message of overcoming an obstacle big as a mountain pass.”We were handing out flyers about an upcoming workshop and I saw the Lee family putting in a new garden sign. Mr. Lee sang the song to me. It…

What Green Spaces Reveal: New Orleans 10 Years On

In our Open Voices blog we share insight from leaders in our communities who are advancing what it means to have sacred, open green spaces in our cities. This month we examine the need for equal access to healthy urban spaces. A decade ago New Orleans faced dramatic floods and destruction following Hurricane Katrina. This…

Connecting and Coping: An Interview with Teresia Hazen

In our blog, we share insight from leaders in our communities who are advancing what it means to have sacred, open green spaces in our cities. This month we take a moment to examine the real, lived experience of an open, sacred green space. This week we talked with Teresia Hazen, MEd, HTR, GMHP, Coordinator of…

Open Voices News Roundup: November 25

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items. Expert Urges Following Nature in Urban Design “To be friendly to the earth, cities like Portland can learn from it. That was the message of a Nov….

Friday Flower: Name This Bloom!

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is? (And guess more Friday Flowers here.)…

Open Voices News Roundup: November 11

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items. Volunteers Want to Help Healing with Garden Overlook “With freshly poured concrete, two-by-fours and hammers, Keith Tidball wanted to help to build healing at Cunningham Park. The…

Friday Flower: Name This Bloom!

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is? (And guess more Friday Flowers here.)…

Open Voices News Roundup: October 28

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items. MIT Research Reveals the Power of Placemaking “The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning released new research that examines the evolution of urban planning and its…

Friday Flower: Name This Bloom!

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is? (And guess more Friday Flowers here.)  …

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