Woman with trowel: Adding art to your garden


I believe we are all vibrantly creative and it is for us to find our medium. I have discovered that I can be creative through the design of my garden: what I will plant and what I will place there.

Art in the garden is one way to express who you are. Custom made pieces can be the focal point of an entire space. Having something made for you that you have imagined is a very personal experience. Placing that piece of art in the garden can be a gift for all who see, a celebration surrounded by plants.

Kitsilano has its generous share of artists. My husband, Todd Wells, is one of them. He carves doors with Pacific North West themes, in his studio in our back garden. The door that will eventually find its home on our front porch tells the story of our family. He and Robert Barratt, a carver from Bowen Island, work with a client to formulate the images that tell the totem stories for that family. The result is an original manifestation of who that family is, what that family values.

My husband designed our door and it holds our story. Once it is hung, our front door will be surrounded by our garden, and it will fit into our creative expression. It will be his art within my art. That makes me happy.

Image: The spiritual realm reaches out to the physical; Twin Spirits Carving at info@twinspirits.ca

Photo credit: Kenji Nagai

Last modified: September 22, 2012

One Response to " Woman with trowel: Adding art to your garden "

  1. Ian says:

    I’m sorry that this post is a bit off topic, but I thought you’d be interested to know there is a move to potentially introduce a new community garden in the Arbutus walk stretch – specifically at the park at 10th Ave and Cranberry Dr (half a block west of Arbutus). I’m not sure if they have a website but there’s a flier in my building with a bit of information.