Welcome to the Multi-faceted World of Diamond Gardening

Diamond Gardening for inner growth! Cultivate your place in the world. More than just growing vegetables or cut flowers in a 12' x 12' plot, plant a garden and renew your freedom. This freedom results from the personal success and satisfaction of self-sufficiency while building community with others. With the rewards of an abundant harvest, you widen your awareness of the subtle workings of nature. When you create a Diamond Garden you become part of an international chain of diamond friends who are linked together through the desire to make this act of gardening a spiritual and freedom filled endeavour.

Diamond Gardening increases awareness and respect for your health and spirituality using your 12' x 12' garden as a microcosm of your place in the world.

Energetic Treasures in Your Diamond

Summer solstice marked a new phase in the natural cycle of this year’s gardening season. By now, you might have harvested your first crop and enjoyed the flowering of spring and early summer flowers. You also might take pleasure in watching the growth of vegetables and fruit, looking forward to the moment when you’ll discover that they have just the right degree of ripeness to offer.

With each seed, plant or tree that you planted into your Diamond, specific qualities and frequencies were added to your garden, matching the intent and desires you formulated for your Diamond endeavor. According to the ancients, Lovage is the plant recommended to anyone who wishes for adventure and the unknown. It produces energies of new explorations. Tarragon is said to be your endurance. Do not expect more than the growth it offers. It is a sustaining plant of much vigor. Further, the ancients believed that Lemon Balm would give you many pleasures. In the bath or on the bricks of your garden, you will take pleasures from the offerings of Lemon Balm energies. Traditionally, Chevril is the shadow of the past transformed – use this to watch changes, while Dill is a plant that will give you new outlooks and dignity in your transformation. Basil is the plant that you can look to for your solace. Know that it is serving to put balance in the whole.

Enjoy the special energetic treasures of your Diamond linked into a global Chain of Diamonds, created and nurtured by like-minded gardeners!

Diamond Garden-Gärten bei 2. langer Kunstnacht im Schloss

Es ist wieder soweit! Im Schloss Kirchberg wird die 2. Lange Kunstnacht gefeiert – am 25. Juni 2011 ab 14.00 h.  Bis 24 h können es sich Besucher allen Alters gut gehen lassen – und sich an den kreativen Events des Tages erfreuen.

Natürlich sind auch die Diamond Garden-Gärten im Schloss Kirchberg am Samstag für alle interessierten Besucher offen. Kommen Sie vorbei und besuchen Sie die Diamond Garden in einzigartiger Kulisse! Wir freuen uns!

Ihr Diamond Garden Team von Schloss Kirchberg

 

Details zum Programm der Kunstnacht gibt es hier:

How a Diamond emerged…

The first gardening season in our new home in Berlin! We had spent many winter evenings discussing what should be done in the garden, which plants to plant and how we would create a Diamond Garden as a family project.

The snow melted, spring came – and our garden turned green. Every inch seemed to have seeds and plants in it. – This was in sharp contrast to the empty space  we had had in mind when discussing our garden plans.  Time for a new approach.  So instead of preparing for tons of new plants to be put in, we allowed time to make ourselves familiar with the existing garden, its plants, its grown character and study the surprises that surfaced everywhere. – Yet, we couldn”t put the idea out of our minds to create a Diamond Garden  … but also never got closer to solving the problem of where to find the space for it…

And then, one late afternoon, it suddenly emerged!

We had been in the garden, playing, watering, moving things around, when my husband and I “suddenly” decided to use muscle testing to find the appropriate place for a family Diamond. Once the area was found, we continued the muscle testing process to define the two ends of the longer side of the Body Shape, put sticks in the ground and muscle tested the shorther length of the shape.  When, out of curiousity, both my husband and I measured the longer side of the shape by using our feet, we found that the length as found through muscle testing was the mean between 12 feet measured by my husband and 12 of my feet’s length. So we had gotten our very own family-specific 12 ft Diamond!

It also turned out that although the place for the newly defined Diamond shape was full of plants, we did not have to take out many of them in order to mark the borders.  Plus, the angular way the shape is “planted” into the existing garden patch offers a perfect mix of sun and shadow for the plants.

As borders, we laid out branches of dead wood that had to be cut off the old oak tree next to the Diamond Garden. Since we only used the pieces of wood as cut by the arborist, some additions were needed as corner pieces. But how? – First we thought we would have to stop — then we remembered the brick stones that were piled up in another corner of the garden during renovation when a wall in the house was taken out.  It was just a matter of minutes to get enough bricks to consolidate the corners of the Body Shape.

With the borders defined, our elder son completed our team work with a sign to show the location of the new Diamond.

Since this afternoon, a lot of the plants that were in the Diamond shape when we muscle tested it, have been taken out and new plants have “moved” in. But many of the inherited strawberry plants remained and we prepared more ground – which might be filled with further plants in the next days – or might remain empty for the time being. We’ll  keep muscle testing…

One thing is for sure: we might have started our Diamond Garden in a very peculiar way – but to us it is a lovely mirror and companion in our process of establishing ourselves in this new area and home!

Torsten and Katrin, with Oskar and Ole

The Circle In History

Until three hundred years ago, plants were cultivated for food, medical purposes, or for their symbolic protective properties. The beauty that graced a garden was intended to inspire the senses, strengthen the spirit, and comfort the soul. During pagan times and into the early days of Christianity, plants were used during rituals and celebrations, as decorations, and for medicine. Monks in monasteries cultivated elaborate gardens and diligently pulled weeds. To them, weeds symbolized the vice of mankind. Germinated seeds symbolized resurrection.

In the era of Enlightenment, herbs and native plants lost their popularity. Renaissance gardeners not only became interested in exotic plants brought from other lands, they also experimented at creating new varieties from their own native plants. Herbal remedies went out of fashion and were replaced with scientific preparations. By the seventeenth century, herbs and native plant rituals were thought to be associated with paganism and magic. Witch hunting was at its height and people using herbs and plants were suspect.

In eighteenth-century Europe, herbs were grown in separate gardens from decorative plants, and they had found their place at the kitchen door culinary uses. By the nineteenth century, interest in cottage garden plants had returned and scented herbs were boldly planted in ornamental gardens.

Today, as gardeners are shifting their focus away from size, color, and novelty plants, there is renewed interest in the inner properties of plants. The old breeds that were ubiquitous in self-sufficient societies are returning to light. Their scents, historical associations, and healing properties are again blossoming.

At Growing Wheel in Todd, North Carolina,  gardens are used for personal development purposes.  In addition to the plants and seeds of the garden,  development of whole self-awareness is nurtured through the transformational empowerment of a Diamond Gardening project.

Creative Sparkles at Kirchberg Castle, Germany

Diamond Gardens at Kirchberg castle after the winter breakWith the spring days having arrived, the Diamond Gardens at Kirchberg Castle were clearly ready for the next gardening season. Wilma and Inés, the “Golden Garden Girls”  of the group of  artists who found their working place at the castle, invited helpers to come and assist in re-opening this year’s  Diamond Gardening season at Kirchberg.  Helpers carried up compost to the third level of the steep garden area, and in the course of the afternoon more visitors arrived, clearly enjoying themselves with further creative activities. “What a magic place”, Wilma writes. And adds: “We look forward to many, many more visitors  at Kirchberg Castle!”

Frühlingsstart im Diamond Garden

Frühlingsdämmerung

Phänologisch ist der Vorfrühling und der Erstfrühling schon voll im Gang. Die Schneeglöckchen und Märzenbecher blühen und mancherorts schon die ersten Osterglocken ,Tulpen und Forsythien. Auch die Diomond Gärtner sind schon im Frühlingsfieber und können es kaum noch abwarten in den Garten zu gehen, um loszulegen. Sie stehen hinter dem Fenster mit gespannten Blicken auf den Diomond Garden oder machen einen Rundgang hinaus, auch wenn es noch so kalt und windig ist, um die ersten Austriebe im Garten zu erspähen. So bald dann die ersten Sonnenstrahlen da sind und die Temperaturen etwas angenehmer, sind sie nicht mehr aufzuhalten.

Jetzt ist auch die beste Zeit um einen neuen Diamond Garden anzulegen, also nur Mut ihr Neuen Diamond Gärtner/innen der Welt, legt los.

Mit Frühlingsgrüßen

Golden Garden Girl (GGG) Inés

Start fürs neue Diamond Gardening Jahr mit neuer Umrandung

Promising Beginnings: Spring Days

Promising beginnings

They are delicate and tiny.  The very first one is the promise that others will follow. And yes,  every day you will find more  – in your garden, in the woods, in the street. Bright green herolds of nature’s beauty wakening up for this coming season of growth.  What a promising view! And how much joy to the eye when the first flowers add their colours to this early spring environment.

A beautiful signal  to intensify the preparations for this year’s Diamond Gardening adventure, too.  Still thinking about how to create your Diamond? Make sure to download a 2011 map of any of the Diamond Shapes.
Each of the garden shapes  helps to focus your gardening experience specifically on Body, Mind, or Spirit.  Choosing the plants for your garden intuitively is also part of this special gardening endeavor.  Curious? – If you want to learn more, read on in this blog or request a free e-book  in either English, Spanish or German from diamondgarden@growingwheel.com

Garden Growth by Wella

All over the world, October is the month of harvest festivals, celebrated in great diversity, depending on culture and tradition.  A time also suited to reflect upon your personal Diamond Gardening experiences.

Did the yield of your garden surprise you with the splendour of nature’s resources? Did you enjoy tasteful meals prepared from what your Diamond Garden provided you with? Did you have special moments admiring the beauty of prospering flowers?

When you take time to reflect upon your gardening adventure, use your Diamond as a mirror. How you tended to the needs of the plants and soil may reflect something about the way you focus upon your own life. You may also feel strengths emerging from being personally responsible for your needs.  If you find you were upset that weeds were taking over or that the ground looked parched, do not judge yourself for this neglect. Keep acting from your heart and provide that which you know is needed. When you have given the garden its needs, check inside to see if you, too, are in need of some nurturing.

Some questions you might like to ponder on while looking back on this year’s season:

Where there times when you felt an energy assisting you?
Did you encounter a time when you said “I will trust and receive”?
Did you go within, hear your inner voice and listen to its desires?
Where there times when you felt you were perfectionistic?
Did you doubt yourself?
Did you find yourself acting in a controlling manner?
Did you gossip or exaggerate to others about your work in the Diamond?
Did you isolate yourself out of fear or denial?

If you keep a notebook on your Diamond Gardening experience, you may want to write your answers down for later review.

Feelings have a way of blossoming forth in gardens. As the buds takes shape and flowers emerge, go deeply within and warm up frozen feelings that may be lying torpidly.  The way to identify a feeling is as unique as identifying any leaf in your garden. Practice sitting in your garden, going to your knowing place, and identify different feelings. Practice new ways of accessing new energies. If you are expressing behaviours to meet substitute needs, you may wish to continue identifying your feelings.

While you are still enjoying this year’s garden fruit,  seeds for next year’s season are getting ready to spread out and re-create nature’s miracles of growth.

Helpers come in all sizes


At Growing Wheel in Todd, North Carolina we have attracted the attention of some interested youngsters. Seems the word is spreading!
More pictures to follow!

Further Continued: A Diamond on Wheels

It has been some time since we told you about how Inés built her great Diamond garden box – on wheels. As you can imagine, chosing the plants and flowers to grow in her garden was also a great adventure and pleasure.

Following the intuitive choices Inés made, all sorts of interesting and unusual plants found their way into her Diamond. – Had you ever heard of  “Hutpaprika” – (a hat-shaped pepper plant?) or grown a melon on a terrace in South Germany? – Well, all this and many plants more flourished in the Diamond box.  Being very knowledgeable with herbs, Inés also had delicous herbs in her garden, along with flowers especially planted to attract insects.  And just imagine: this spring, Inés grew many, many seedlings  from the seeds collected when last year’s gardening season was over and shared these with other Diamond Gardeners.  So whereas last season, Inés expanded the Chain of Diamonds energetically, this year the chain yields fruit in form of various kinds of peppers and tomatos.
Enjoy some impressions of Inés’ garden pleasures and abundance.


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