Creative Journal: Garden Sketch

I have kept a journal for a few years now so I was excited to incorporate it into one of my classes. I chose a blank page from my garden planning section and sketched a few of my favorite plants that I grow year after year. When I was instructed to consider my environment, I imagined the environment under the soil which is why I also included the roots, worms, and microbes in my sketch. Water is important to the plant growth so I included water drops. When I am in my garden at the peak of the season, I tend to sit quietly on the ground just to connect with and listen to my surroundings. I almost always feel my grandma’s presence in my garden. She taught me how to garden and was very special to me. If I sit quietly, I can hear the sprinkler, usually on in the back corner for the pumpkins, and birds. Sometimes the birds will land and walk around me without fearing my presence. I don’t hear traffic since I live in a small town outside the city. I can smell the fresh soil and different plants depending on where I sit. My favorite plant to smell is tomatoes. I observe the smallest pieces of my environment including the bugs crawling in the soil. 

This reflection process reminded me how lucky I am to have been encouraged to connect with my environment. The Sound of Silver Bells story was very informative on how people can become so absorbed in their daily lives that they forget to step back to observe their surroundings and count their blessings.

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2 Responses to Creative Journal: Garden Sketch

  1. Kiera says:

    Hi Nicole! I really like how descriptive you are with your piece. You really describe your senses in your garden experiences which really helps to add more depth of what this piece really means to you. I also like how you took this opportunity to continue your own personal journal with this assignment and add to a section that is relevant to what you created. These aspects make it really personal for you, which is the ultimate goal of these projects! One thing that might make it even more personal is to connect a bit more with the reading to your personal life. Do you find that you ever get too absorbed into your own life that you forget to appreciate your environment? How can you engage in this depth with the environment like you do with gardening in other seasons (like winter) where gardening is not really an option where we live?
    Thank you for sharing your piece! I really enjoyed reading about it!

    • I do find myself getting too absorbed in my life and forget to appreciate my surroundings. Usually this happens when i’m fully into the semester. It reflects in my mood as well. The outdoor experiences in this class have taught me that it doesn’t have to be ideal conditions to engage with your surroundings. I enjoy the time we spend sitting in our quiet places even though it does get cold!

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