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Aging Well

One route to healing is down the garden path of delight — positive, happy, giggle moments of delightful distraction.

Because we need to be delighted in life. To be cloaked in naturally occurring opportunities of joy and beauty. We need to grab any and all possible moments where delight blooms. Grab it. Dance in it. Kick the off shoes of the monkey mind for a moment and tip toe through the dog-gone tulips.

Simply, delight.

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Special moments where a communion with nature is had, unique and unto themselves, where we are most positively distracted and transported to that happy place — if only for a moment — is preventative medicine.

… a delightful moment of lightness… a reprieve from brain fatigue.

Red Bird’s garden heart design-love-work is to transport you (and your brain) by indulging in a healing garden moment that researchers call “positive natural distraction”.

“A positive distraction is an environmental feature or situation that promotes an improved emotional state in the perceiver, may block or reduce worrisome thoughts, and fosters beneficial changes in physiological systems such as lowered blood pressure and stress hormones.” (Ulrich, 1999, 49 as quoted in Therapeutic Landscapes by Clare Cooper Marcus & Naomi Sachs)


Delight = insight and #whatappliesinthegardenappliesinlifeTweet: 1 route to healing is down the garden path of delight. #whatappliesinthegardenappliesinlife @AnnieRedBird [tweet that!]


A Design-ly Delight in bloom…

Garden tea party anyone?

“Why yes,” Annie said. “That would be brew-tea-full!” …and I’ll take some honey with that. (No really, good raw honey, like that lovingly crafted and locally made by Dogwood Bee Farm).  

Red Bird Tea Table Pairings

Sometimes we need levity. Perhaps more often than not. Lightness. Giggle moments. And that’s just what I have planted for you my friends. A sweet, garden giggle moment. Something for your eyes (and soul) to drink up and enjoy.

To spark inspiration. To feel good.

One of latest planting & furnishing designs is shared in these photos. Let’s call it a garden tea party table, shall we?  Fingertip gardening that will tickle the plant fancy, filled with tea-worthy edibles – herbs and flowers – ripe for springily insights awaits. (For a list of Brew-tea-full herbs for Peace, Health & Inspiration, you’ll want to read this.)

Hee!  It’s a Red Bird-er kind of tea party table inspired by another table. One with giggle moments. One with unique character – meaningful & personal – this is so very quite contrary suitable for your Alice moments just as any design-ly delightful, restorative garden element shall be.

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Where can you find such a thing? Glad that you asked.

Come partake and par-tea with Red Bird and the great folks from Bauman’s Farm & Garden and Monrovia at the 2014 Yard Garden and Patio show and take a little tea-hee-hee timeout.

Ooh! Need a dose of design-ly delightful support and style inspiration in your garden? To match your life + style? Be in touch over here.

What healing delights are you planning to design into your garden this spring? Share in the comments below.

 Red Bird's YGP show display 2014-detail-Tea Table
The first cup moistens my lips and throat.
The second shatters my loneliness.
The third causes the wrongs of life to fade gently from my recollection.
The fourth purifies my soul.
The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods
.: Chinese Mystic, Tang Dynasty

A good cuppa tea. Home brewed. Garden sourced.  Won’t you join me?

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For many of us, teatime is a non-negotiable act of self-care.  No different than garden time spent in dreaming, weeding and tending.

Teatime is potent.

Drinking in peace. Awakening inspiration. Wholly supporting health.


As the Grand Old Man (who?) would say:

If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.

Our gardens give us the opportunity to Take Good Care of ourselves and our precious ecosystem. (tweet that!Tweet: Our gardens give us the opportunity to Take Good Care of ourselves and of precious ecosystem. @AnnieRedBird

Ain’t nothing new. The power of plants and gardens – in a multi-dimensional way – date back to Monastic times when, in cloister gardens, monks grew herbs as remedies and patients were able to dwell in the fresh air of these gardens.

One opportunity most dear to our Red Bird garden hearts is to grow our own favorite herbs to use in teas. No matter the garden style — cloister, cottage, modern, wild, natural, asian — when planted in containers and added to a garden bed, these are, as Helen Yoest penned Plants with Benefits, most ably ready to adapt to our needs, style and intention.

Want to par-tea? Come see us at our tea party display with Bauman’s Farm & Garden and Monrovia at the 2014 Yard Garden & Patio Show!

Why not garden for that 2-fer?  Beauty and benefit… BYOT (brew your own herbal tea)!

 Whether waiting for spring weather to officially arrive or maybe you’re coming in from the garden out of the cold, here’s a collection of Red Bird (current!) herb favs for your garden and to BYOT, brew-tea-fully:

Herbs for Peace Teas – the Calm Collection

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Camomile (Matricaria recutita)

Lavender (Lavendula sp.)

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Herbs for Inspiration Teas – the Spark Collection

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus sp.)

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)

Tea­ (Camellia sinensis)

Herbs for Health Teas – the Health-ful Collection

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Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Wintergreen­ (Gaultheria procumbens)

But what about Fun Teas? Ya know… The Over-21-Collection

And there’s always room for fun… oh so brew-tea-fully.

How about BYOT with a twist? Take a page out of a garden brew mistress of a groovy beat, Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist. We call these the Fun Teas Collection (for a lot of tea-hee-hee-ing around in the garden).

Want to stir up Peace, Inspiration & Health in your garden? Skip on over here and let’s be in touch.