Medicinal Learning Garden: Plants are placed on the part of the body garden where that plant is helpful to the body.
Locations of plantings in the "body garden" decided for close corresponding application of their medicinal properties.
This is an environmental art installation and permaculture design focused on a simple way to teach people herbal medicine. The Body Garden was installed at the Sacred Earth Foundation, also known as Ekone in Goldendale Washington. This was a case study for how the garden would hold up, who would care for it when I left, and if a community of people would use it. This information will be useful for other art installation and art residency projects that organizations are considering. Like most things the best way to start is by taking a step at a time while being conscious of what organizations can actually take on based on their goals.
I strive to help organizations create and attract artists to create amazing experiences and part of that is learning what ideas are brilliant and where must they be to thrive. Having space in the country to create a large medicinal garden was attractive, but the gardens in general at this location need more committed tending given the environment, activities and evolving cast of characters on this land. As I continue to connect for avenues for environmental art and creating spaces that inspire and engage people to live authentic lifestyles, I am always grateful for the opportunities to experiment and learn best practices. Gratefully, this design will be in Portland at the home of a naturopathic doctor.