The ankh here symbolizes “permanence,” perhaps in the striving to create the lifeways of a truly sustainable culture, or failing that, the permanence of nature. Which is a reminder there’s an end to every good story. Going back to ancient times, the layout of the garden has been an opportunity to give ourselves a reminder, to draw ourselves into the spiritual realm when we enter through the garden gate. The medieval physic gardens and Jardins de Cure that our front yard is based off of typically took the form of the cross, Roman gardens – the sun, Persian gardens invoked the oasis – itself symbolic.
For us, a “functional” garden or farm can be more than the food and medicines it grows. It can grow more perfect human beings. #fukuoka #permaculture #ankh #garden#foodforest #forestgardens