This garden design trends report has seven main themes. In 2016 we will be moving towards wild, layered naturalistic gardens and dry conditions will encourage the spread of rock and scree gardens. The idea of a garden as a place for mental healing will go hand in hand with a greater feminist approach. There will be more emphasis on local produce. The last two trends are Experience and Aspiration and Eclectism and you will need to read the report to understand what these titles cover. The author of this report is Rochelle Greayer who explains her approach in this article on her Pith and Vigor blog. The article includes a link where you can download her Gardens Trends report in exchange for your email address.

Hello readers. ?I am both excited and nervous to share a project that I have been working on for the last month or so. ?It is PITH + VIGOR?s first Garden Design Trends Forecast. ?I really enjoyed pulling this together so I hope to make this an annual thing. ? Directions for downloading a copy are at the end of this post, but first I want to share with you some of the journey that has led up to this release.
I am so happy to be able to write?this post?from a place of clarity and excitement that I have struggled to really feel for much of 2015 (and even 2014 and a bit of 2013). ?In this quieter time of year, I feel like I am finally emerging from a fog that involved a whole lot of moving and doing and very little (almost none) reflection, intentional growth, and big picture thinking. ?I?ve passed through a book tour, plenty of speaking engagements, lots of travel, a website re-design, three newspaper publishing deadlines and releases, and countless other lesser but not insignificant accomplishments in the just the last 12 months ? plus there was?that constant work of full-time mothering two children. ?And before all that I wrote that book and created another magazine. ?And yet I often struggle to feel like I am getting anything accomplished.
Somehow, I can look at the list of things that I did and simultaneously feel a sense of pride, but also an even greater sense of emptiness and frustration at the thought that I really haven?t been able to get my head around why I am doing it all, where am I going with all of this, what am I trying to accomplish and what is the point of my work in general?

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