Adult Opportunities

Create a Meditative Garden

Create a space that offers rest and renewal using sustainable gardening principles.

Content Detail

Transform your home garden into a peaceful space. In this class, identify visual cues of places that nurture the spirit and invite one to take a meditative stroll, to sit and relax with a cup of tea, to read and reflect, to stretch, to meditate, or to write. Draw inspiration from different meditative elements and view examples of historic and monastic gardens to find the meditative garden styles that work for you. Translate those elements into a working drawing and discuss sustainable gardening principles that will create gardens to nurture the spirit and the environment.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Vallari Talapatra, landscape designer, EcoScapes, LLC

Age: 16 and older

Course number: H974


Vallari Talapatra, landscape designer, Eco Scapes, Inc.

Vallari Talapatra has been teaching at the Arboretum since 1994. She has taught landscape design classes and conducted workshops on a variety of topics, such as woodland gardens, meditative gardens, and curb appeal. She has been the president of Eco Scapes, Inc. since 2000, and has ten national publications that have featured her projects. You can view examples of her work at Eco Spaces, Inc and on Houzz under Eco Scapes, Inc.

What to Know

This program meets mostly indoors but may visit some outdoor garden spaces.

Before class, take photos of the space you wish to focus on. You will be able to send these to the instructor by email to discuss in class.

Program Schedule

This program meets the following two times.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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