header image for blog post from Toni Gattone titled Care Instructions for Our Gardens and Our Lives

Last month, I started a series of blog posts where I’m sharing some of my go-to practices that I’ve cultivated over the years for growing a thriving garden, how my love of gardening inspired me to take better care of myself, as well as some of the steps I’ve taken along the way, that have …

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The Magic of Metaphors: Care Instructions for Our Gardens and Our Lives Part 1 of 3

One of the many gifts I’ve received from my passion for gardening has been experiencing how the consistency, patience, observation, and resilience needed for growing a thriving garden has also been such a great teacher for what is needed to create a rich and rewarding life.  For many of us, gardening has been a constant …

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Prune Away What’s Keeping Us from Thriving  Something I’ve appreciated about gardening over the years are the rich metaphors it provides for a life well-lived. There is something about stepping through the garden gate in my mind and considering the questions I’m being challenged by, through the lens of tending to my garden, that energizes …

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Fall leaves in a pile in the shape of a heart

I am so grateful for the change of seasons. It’s not only brought striking autumn colors and cooler temperatures but also the rain! Yes, here in one of the most dangerous wildfire zones in the western United States, we’re celebrating having rain for several weeks now, which has provided quite the exhale because it is …

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For Our Planet Adapting and Growing-Resilience

I’ve been quiet the last several months, listening and writing about how I can best be of service to this community. Far too many of us are experiencing the realities of climate change. With drought conditions worsening, floods wiping out entire towns, and wildfires threatening precious forests and resources, I’ve come to realize there is …

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Have you ever been so swept away by the anticipation of getting your spring garden planted that you slid down the slippery slope of being overzealous and perhaps just a tad unrealistic about what you can reasonably accomplish in an afternoon? This is the time of year when we’re most apt to take chances by …

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The quieter months of winter are the ideal time to dream, imagine, and plan for a garden that can contribute to your wellbeing, provide a space for creativity, and an experience that energizes you, while bringing you peace. On a recent rainy Sunday afternoon, I spent hours in front of our fireplace, doing one of …

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