I aim to create places where people can reconnect themselves with nature, designing gardens which consider all aspects of the self - mind, body and spirit - and the relationship with the wild world, in a mutual exchange which can provide healing, harmony and wholeness, and support a general state of well-being.
My design style embraces specific kinds of green spaces such as:
Healing Gardens belong to the category of holistic therapies based on integration between material and spiritual world. There is not division within us between mind and body, and gardens, preparing mind to the beauty, peace and quietness, are able to instil a well-being feeling that leads to a general health improvement. There are several scientific reasons why a garden is able to cure, some of them concern mystical-religious aspects and traditional symbolisms, which identify gardens as that places where divine, transcendence and philosophy meet each other, but are mainly aesthetic and sensory aspects (colours, shapes, scents) that allow to this particular kind of green spaces to carry out their therapeutic task.
For all its own particularities a Healing Garden becomes an important green space, especially in environments as care centres, specials schools, hospitals and rehabilitative clinics.
A Physic Garden is created mostly with medicinal plants, and it carries out more than one function in addition to the aesthetic recreation aspects: educational functions, as the plants are often identified by a tag and can be also studied and observed in schools programs, medical-therapeutic functions, both from a physical and psychic point of view (herbs can be used for phytotherapy and also have a positive effect on the emotional level), and ecological function, helping to keep high the value of local biodiversity thanks to the numerous and different species part of these green spaces.
Moon gardens are designed for evening and night time enjoyment, although they are attractive at any time of day, it is during the night that they express their mystical enchant. A night-blooming fragrant garden offers a peaceful and tranquil spot to rest and relax after a long day working and the joy and relaxation that derived from it are the most important emotional aspects of a moon garden.
The plats of this kind of space become luminous with the fading of daylight and the arrival of the moonlight. It is possible to touch the shimmering foliage, hear the soft flutter of a moth's wings or the soothing tinkling of a garden fountain. A moon garden has endless pleasures to offer the mind and soul.
According to the holistic theory "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" and this principle can be applied to gardens and landscape at multiple levels.
Specifically an holistic garden has the purpose to create a place of union between human beings and the entire cosmos through a process that moves over the simple visual contemplation, but involves all sensory interactions. From an organicist point of view we can see how this unitarian idea of thinking nature can influence different ecological scales, from huge measures of the universe up to smaller ones such as parks or a gardens. Holistic gardens can also contain sacred shapes elements that emanate therapeutic and healthy vibrations.
At the base of the holistic view we find a world of relationships, subtle energies and compositional elements interacting with each other in a synergistic way to create places able to improve both collective and individual well-being.
A Wild Garden consists on creating a natural environment that is very attractive for various forms of animals, such as birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, mammals.
Attract this type of fauna has a twofold benefit: the first one is an ecological and environmental benefit, concerning the conservation of biodiversity and a biological support for control and resolution of possible harmful situations, minimizing the use of chemical pesticides and the costs of intervention. The second one is an emotional and psychological benefit, based on the biophilia theory, the beneficial contribution of nature in terms of stress recovering and the pleasure to enjoy a natural environment that, even if artificially created, contains symbols of wildness ingrained in our collective unconscious.
Be in a place that reconnect us with wildness and to the nature on its perpetual balance aspect, instils a great sense of safety and security, allow us to create a space of isolation, far from the frenetic times imposed by modern life.
It exists a very deep relationship between human beings, plants and environment. Beyond the obvious and macroscopic differences the vegetal world has a strong auric resemblance with our species.
Each plant sends and receives electromagnetic signals from all frequencies of our bodies, demonstrating the existence of cells or groups of cells and functions that resonate in the same way, and that are energetically similar to those of the human being.
Trees and shrubs belonging to the same species, and often to the same kind as well, have similar basic characteristics, however, always considering the condition to which, changing the environmental elements, can also change the bioenergetic reactions of a plant. Plants can then express different ways to communicate considering the energetic point of view, working on multiple levels and representing a source of knowledge and nourishment for the whole mankind.
Concerning landscape design and the environmental management, these energetic concepts allow us to co-work with plants selectively and consciously, establishing the basics of the bioenergetic landscape, where the biggest attention is paid to the choice of appropriate beneficial plants and to their proper placement, in order to better manifest their healing qualities.