The winter solstice, for many of us, brings about feelings of melancholy, deprivation, a sense of loss.  Here in the northern hemisphere, we are in the darkest part of our year.

There is however, another side to winter, one demonstrated by nature. In the plant world, this season of darkness is welcomed as an essential period of rest and restoration.  The garden is simply sleeping, preparing for its reappearance in spring.

Winter was once a time of rest and reflection. A time to recover from the stress and strain of life and enjoy the quiet and calmness. To bring balance into our lives and restoration to the body, mind, and spirit. It seems that we have distanced ourselves far away from hearing what nature is telling us.

Restful Dormancy

In northern climates, trees, shrubs and perennial plants enter a resting state where life processes slow down during the winter months.  

As soon as the soil begins to warm in early spring they jump into action, bringing water and nutrients that enable creation of leaves and flowers in spring. 

Without this period of rest, those spring blooms would not occur. No living thing-plant nor animal-can remain in a state of continuous activity.

An Antidote to Burnout

2021 was another tough year.  From a personal point of view, it was a year that started fraught with trauma and challenge, followed by vast growth, truth and happiness.

Now is the time to reflect on the past year, a time to rest, recover and rejuvenate. Let the garden be our guide to this slow and fruitful approach.

Embracing the fundamental laws of nature has changed my life, taking notice of the seasons, connecting to nature and her voice. Gathering strength and energy by acquiring balance and a refreshed outlook on life.


If you would like to get in touch regarding horticultural therapy or share your experiences when reconnecting to nature then I would love to hear from you…