Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
On this week's show Felder addressed Nelva's email directly with some description of his Gestalt philosophy, as well as some poignant remarks. Here's a copy of Felder's notes on the subject of 'Gestalt':
- takes into account the whole garden (or gardener - body, mind, and spirit)
- uses an experiential approach to gardening
- assesses what is happening in the present (the here-and-now)
- emphasizes self-awareness
- encourages personal (garden) responsibility
- acknowledges the integrity, sensitivity, and creativity of the gardener
- recognizes that the gardener is central to the gardening process.
There is a lot of whimsy and humor in gardens, relief valves for the anxiety that comes from uptight people trying to do as we please. The Gestalt approach helps find common ground, and peace between the organized 'left brain' of horticulture science and the free-form 'right brain' of gardening for the love of it. It includes ways to get more gardeners 'into the fold' by relaxing - or even outright mocking - some of our cherished gardening rules, and allows a garden to be seen as a whole, instead of a lot of details."
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
"Dear Felder -
I am one of your regulart listeners from Mobile. One day I heard you suggest to a lady that if she needed her over crowded perrienials cleaned out, to post a notice on the church bullitin board. Well, like they say, one idea often leads to another.
Recently I created a new group on Yahoo for people in the Mobile area who might need to thin out plants by offering them on a plant swap site - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MobilePlantSwap/.
Needless to say, not too many people know about it (only 8 in the group so far) but I thought if you would mention it on your program, perhaps more people would want to join - or create similar swap groups in their own cities. I just think it's such a shame that we often throw away perfectly nice plants that others might be able to use.... and only because we don't know anyone to give them to.
Thank you for your interest.... and thank you so much for the good advise you offer each week. Enjoy your show.
Joyce (last name withheld)"