My company exists to focus on you. I want to know what your dreams are, the childhood memories that make you wistful, the holidays that charged your soul and the memories you’d like to create.
Our work is to create feeling, so it's no surprise that clients describe the effect of their garden as being life changing. That tells you it's more than a trend, rather a way of being and discovery. Each garden belongs with its owners, a reflection of all they share about themselves. They are very personal, creating feelings of safety and sanctuary instantly. That means the mind can let go and allow you to connect to a much bigger picture of you. When I know you, I can design and create the inspiring garden you are yearning for, large or small. Imagine an inspiring environment to rest from the world and just be in nature - at home, at work, where you seek health care, where you connect to your community or where you seek solace, healing and reflection. Think about the imagination and creativity a child finds in a playground crafted from nature and how that might change how they cope with stress as an adult. Nature helps us find ways through the ups and downs of life and nurtures us with exquisite beauty and power along the way. Our gardens belong in every place you need to be.
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Dirtscape Dreaming has 16 years of award winning expertise and creativity growing across Melbourne (our home), country Victoria, interstate across Australia and Internationally. With my diverse background of oncology nursing, fashion design, landscape design and teaching it was always going to be a company that traversed a path of its own. During a journey of healing through nature, emotional healing, spiritual and personal growth I discovered that we aren't meant to be who our parents taught us to be, we are meant to find ourselves and grow into who we imagine we want to be. My name no longer fitted and so Wendy Clarke became Betsy-Sue, a reflection of a new beginning. We are all unique individuals and to be true to ourselves requires help sometimes. Our company offers much more than a garden - it is a journey to you through the beauty and inspiration that Nature offers, connecting you to another world beyond. Indigenous people describe a connection to land, their ancestors and their values as a spiritual connection. We bring you to your land, your spirit, your stories.
I believe that creativity is within all of us, if we can just let ourselves dream for a little while without our minds telling us it could never work. Beautiful environments are inspiring and create that space in our minds to allow ideas in.
Dirtscape Dreaming will guide you through from the spark of a dream about your new garden to when the last plant is nestled in the ground, then we help you care for them and discover you. Our gardens and landscapes have won many awards, found themselves in magazines and news, and sometimes are open to the garden loving public for events. Our clients are people from all kinds of places and backgrounds with a common need for sanctuary in their lives or workplaces. In times of community trauma or building resilience, our gentle way of discovering the common healing pathway through Nature is an empowering place to start recovery and where better to begin.. than in a garden.
If our philosophy speaks to your heart, whether your garden is residential or commercial we would love to help you. Just call or fill in the online form and we'll meet you for a design consultancy visit. All locations and enquiries welcome! Keep an eye on the Events list, sign up for the newsletter and come along to a workshop or talk to create, get inspired and feel the passion we bring to our work. Country locations happily added on request.
Magical SoupBowl Garden Workshop
This full day workshop is truly magical! You will be guided through the creative creation of your own miniature garden in a soup bowl. Working in copper wire with beads, crystals, pebbles, twigs and all manner of fairy accessories we make ladders, huts, light poles and anything you can imagine a fairy would need in their garden. This workshop is loved by all who do it and leave with a faraway look in their eyes as they are transported to another world for a day.. For bookings please email email@example.com or call 0413 044 631. Limited to 8 places only. Download flyer here: Healing Garden design course brochure (.pdf)
What is a garden for healing?
It's the garden where you feel so safe and connected in nature that you can emotionally let go. Children are naturally drawn to places to hide in nature. A cave of twigs under a leafy low branch with a little door on the front and a sign 'Kids only' is a consistent winner. They can't help themselves. In that space of safety they lose themselves in their own thoughts, imagination and play. Imagine as an adult, coming across a hidden pocket in a beautiful garden and finding a cocoon to nestle in, womb like with luscious cushions and green all around. No-one can find you there easily, you are safe to just be and find peace. You can hear the birds flit around, the water trickle nearby and the scent of flowers tickles your senses. Imagine it if was your garden, if it was in every park you came across, every workplace and hospital. Wouldn't we have a different view of life?
When feelings get on top of us and illness hits, we often retreat from social interaction, yet mostly our parks and gardens are designed only for that. Seats are out in the open, surrounded by vast swathes of hard surface with minimal and uninspirational planting. It leaves us feeling exposed when we really want the opposite, so there is no desire to spend time connecting with the little bit of nature offered in spaces like this. Nature is a great healer. We know that because we often choose to escape from cities on holidays, coming back more peaceful and happy. Yet that connection with feelings of well being and nature is overlooked when returning to the city. A garden for healing will be a place you want to linger, that gives you opportunities to be in the environment you need like a natural womb like cave, a pretty and uplifting hug of flowers with a shady tree or on top of a hill with a long view connecting you to endless possibilities or ideally, all three. This is the philosophy behind all our design work, working closely with the clients to weave positive associations into every aspect of the landscape. 'Life changing', 'tranquil', 'Sanctuary' and 'Peaceful' are how people often describe how they feel in our gardens. Can you imagine something so beautiful surround you every day?
Dirtscape Dreaming Gifts
Our creativity knows no limitations. Be captivated by the magical SoupBowl gardens, tiny enough for your office desk or Nanna’s room in the nursing home. Let your imagination run free in these beautiful living worlds of nature and escape the mundane for a while. Find a peaceful spot in the garden for a Whimsical Teepee sparkling with crystals and copper, or create some magic by your front door with a Whimsical Potted Teepee. Be inspired and feel uplifted..
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