Do you have to wait for the weekend to walk into the forest and feel a deep sense of relief as you feel your eyes soften, pupils dilate with a release of tension and stress?

Is there something magical about a special place in your retreat? Your space in which you feel an innate sense of sanctuary, a place you feel your thoughts are safe, no longer accessible to the outside? A place where you feel the freedom to think as you please and the outside no longer invades your thought. A place to muse, mellow and migrate into. Is there a place where the sense of wonder from your childhood is stirred and memories awaken?

               Is this what you would prefer to hear?

                            Subject: Enchanted garden

                           Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010 6:09 PM

                                    From: B>

                            To: Edzard Teubert

           Hi Edzard,

    Heard today the sound of several chirping voices in the front

    and looked out to several neighborhood small children hopping and playing on the rocks.

    They thought it was an enchanted forest, and indeed it is.

    It looks great with the changing leaves, albeit too soon!

        See you soon. B

Is something missing from your special places that would, if you knew what it was, enhance or recapture a sense of wonderment with privacy to think your own thoughts?

Most often the little piece that is missing is an establishment of the patterns of nature that induce a sense of calm serenity and tranquility.

We forget at times that we are nurtured from nature: our origin is nature.

There are places of serenity & tranquility in nature and as a result we visit with nature, to reconnect to these places.

Do you feel nurtured in your landscape, your place of nature? Do you reconnect?

Serenity, nurture, connectivity are also natural patterns, natural responses in ourselves and are induced through fractal patterns that are found in nature that we all read and respond to subconsciously. Our mental responses & body chemistry change with different patterns.

<- the ‘wild/natural’ spruce branch left.

-- OR --

the duplicated, very same “adapted from nature and tamed” pruning pattern of spruce trees used on the fir trees in the Nitobe on the right                            ----->

                                                    what does your landscape need?


In our Alberta growing zone one of our most common fractal patterns is of spruce boughs on the north side of a spruce tree. Subconsciously we feel safe within this pattern of filtered light.

In our evolution we have come to recognize the north side of a spruce tree as the driest softest location where the needles have settled, the branches have lowered and can be easily covered with more branches to create an emergency shelter. Innately mankind recognizes such ‘safe’ areas and gravitates to areas that consciously and subconsciously offer shelter and sanctuary.

<-- the same “tamed spruce pruning” technique works for cypress and cedar for small spaces. Depending on your growing zone, there are about 7 primary pruning typologies that adapt to different species for different uses.

Some people feel that native spruce trees are ‘too wild’, as in “too much Nature”, preferring instead the gracious fractal branching patterns of deciduous trees. And, some places are suited to having ‘tamed’ branching patterns that resonate with people’s specific activities rather than nature. As a result the patterns around us are the cues we use to understand our environment and determine the activities  and level of relaxation we engage in.

What this means for you is that the patterns you progress through, the pattern of stone and tree or concrete and pavement encourage you to run or walk, pass through or linger, dismiss or take in.

What happens in a space is communication to which you and yours respond.

    below: the epitome of Japanese pruning. Natural, relaxed (sou) pruning that soothes. Looks natural even though every branch and leaf has been chosen to remain.

What this means for you is that you can determine how you will feel, respond or react in a given area. Nature is a pruning pattern.

Landscape can be a street, a passageway, courtyard, sanctuary or whatever you wish to feel in a given area. Most often this is determined by the manner of pruning of the trees and shrubs in coordination with the hardscape and the ratio of open space.

Everyone has their own places of sanctuary: Sanctum sanctorum, places where the patterns seem to be in tune with ourselves, or we, in tune with them.

What would you like to feel in your special area?

Tell us what you would like your landscape to do for you..


Footnote:     Fractal Patterns When Pruning Trees

Pun intended, in light of fractal patterns, to feel soothed we should prune for natural fractal patterns that are found in natural trees, shrubs and groundcovers that would soothe the spirit. We could do the opposite and prune trees the same way as street trees are pruned, however this would alienate the natural beauty of trees from ourselves. We would no longer receive the feeling of being a part of nature as we had wished for, for our private moments that are to far apart and between times.

Street trees are only an example illustrating two opposite environments, as, if people prune street trees the same as private trees for private settings, then the feeling in your private place would be one of a ‘street’. If the trees in your front yard are pruned as street trees, then the street extends to your doorstep. If you have a street tree in your private retreats... you are still on the street, in public.

The branch patterns of our trees identify where we are. Front yards are the introduction to the neighbourhood of who we are and indicate how we would like to be approached. Unless you wish it, back yards and retreats should not be streets.

Fractal patterns in tree branches are communication. The street tree needs to communicate ‘mental alertness’ on thoroughfares, and needs to convey ‘community’ + ‘alertness’ on smaller side streets. When street tree pruning is mixed in with a private setting the message of ‘what to do here’ becomes confused.

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