The World needs more "eden makers," are you one?
What is an Eden Maker?
“An Eden Maker is a person who brings a little bit of paradise to the world by creating a garden, growing a plant or preserving the beauty of our natural world by establishing a beneficial relationship with nature.”
Why do we Need Eden Makers?
As technology becomes a greater force in our lives at work, in our relationships, in our pursuit of leisure, people will spend the majority of their productive time on a computer, or in the “virtual world.”
The virtual world is a great “world minimizer” or shrinker because it makes the world smaller and more accessible at the touch of a keystroke.
In one minute, the internet makes it possible for you to chat with someone in India or Australia, the next, you are back in Los Angeles.
People argue, fall in love and make life changing financial decisions on the internet.
Many people’s lives are primarily lived and experienced on computer these days.
How does all this virtual activity and interaction affect our mind, psyche and spirit that are derived from organic matter and expressed in genetic code and not some “ HTML” or other computer language?
Other than convenience, is this type of constant interaction in the best interest of the human race?
I believe that as our lives become more computer-centric, the more humans will crave what is “Real” for their down time and the role of the Eden Maker will become more important in our society.
The reality is that “virtual reality” is no substitute for the real world!
The real world- “dirt world” as I refer to it, with its trees, shrubs, flowers, mountains, rivers, the wind the sun and the stars…this is what the human spirit needs and craves!
Even though most people don’t know the name of the shade tree in their yard, or the variety of grass growing under their feet, people are drawn to the garden!
The attraction is in our genetic makeup.
For example, if you ask someone if they want to eat indoors or outdoors at a restaurant, most people will choose outdoors.
It feels good!
I’ve noticed the increasing popularity of outdoor concerts, exercising outdoors, offices with indoor/outdoor rooms, outdoor classrooms and more!
Outdoor living is still a strong request in my landscape design practice, as well as “bringing the outdoors, in!
I'm not saying everyone wants to garden, but people want to be outside and that is what I care about.
Yes, people may not know it on a conscious level, but they crave nature!
Nature is a “silent backdrop” for many peoples lives
Thank God, for nature!
It's our “living” counterpart as human beings.
Plants, our living partners, are quietly present to help us celebrate and mark important rites of passage in our lives.
When we are born, flowers are there, we graduate, get a new job or get sick, flowers are there, in religious ceremonies, weddings and finally to bid us farewell when we die- flowers are there.
Flowers have always been there for us.
They do so much for us and ask so little in return!
Being a plant can be a thankless job, but not for the Eden Maker who works with plants!
Plants don’t show up for these key events by themselves.
There is a “field of Eden Makers’ working in the background making “ it” all happen.
Plant growers, florists, garden designers, maintenance crews, farmers, wine makers and others all play a vital role in these life moments.
Flowers and plants are tools for healing, spirit lifting and beauty in the hands of a skilled Eden Maker.
Our high-tech world needs Eden Makers more than ever before!
Are you an Eden Maker?
You are if you are a garden hobbiest or a professional in any of the vast industries that involve horticulture and nature.
From plant hybridizers to natural science teachers to horticultural therapist in rehabilitation centers, if your hand touches the plow or petal and you are firmly rooted in the dirt world- you may be an Eden Maker!
It all starts and ends in a garden… ..
Our lives revolve around the garden from the food we eat to the material that is used to make the clothes we wear, to the lotion we put on our bodies to the fuel we will be putting into our cars.
Our lives depend on the garden and one day we will be buried there or have our ashes scattered in the wind where they will ultimately settle on the ground somewhere.
Eden Makers will always be in demand.
Go out and cultivate your knowledge of plants and skills that will make you a better Eden Maker.
Create a garden and share it with others because when people leave the sedating company of the computer, they will feel a need to come up for air.
Eden Makers, the flowers and the trees will be there to replenish their souls and help them come back down to earth where we all belong.
Read a related article on My Garden School, "Why The World Needs More Gardening."
Are you an Eden Maker too? I know I can't be the only one out there!