Gardens have always evoked deep inner experiences. “Giardino” in Italian means ‘garden’ but also paradise or Eden. Being in a garden, living in it, sensing its forms, colours, sounds and transformations, lifts us to a heightened heavenly state of soul and spirit. In the same way that ascending to the spiritual world is an individual process so each garden is unique and unrepeatable, given that whoever experiences it is also unique and unrepeatable. That is why there can be no such thing as a standard garden.
In our times the garden has received a purely aesthetic appreciation, but it can still be a bridge between the human at home and the world – either external and mundane or spiritual. This means that the garden must have characteristics which can harmonise people with the being of the house and with the surrounding beings, and all this on many levels. Being a bridge means fulfilling the ‘mercurial’ function of mediating and communicating between a centre (which in this case represents Salt) and a periphery (Sulfur). Bear in mind that the mercurial process also means hygiene and healing.
For these reasons the garden must perform a hygienic function at the very least. In other words it instils a sense of wellbeing and harmony within those who live there.