No, really, that’s the best way to begin: look for a place to relax in your garden.
Begin by making a place for you and your family to sit down, and think about incorporating room enough for friends. During the summer, use this place in your garden to eat weeknight dinner or weekend lunches. Another idea is to make a pathway through a thicket in your backyard. Pathways are always inviting and people want to follow them so provide vignettes along the way and interesting destinations. Something that is visually appealing on or next to a porch or patio would be an example. Pathways also provide a shortcut for kids to take. This is a good thing; children add life and vitality to a garden. And their curiosity is infectious, so make room for it.
The more you enjoy your garden, the more you will notice the details of nature. As you become attuned to the particulars of your garden, it becomes easier, more spontaneous, to make it a great place for people, animals, and plants.
This is one of nine Green Gardening Suggestions from the Swarthmore Horticultural Society (www.swarthmorehorticulturalsociety.org) compiled by Kit Raven of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.