How well I remember the fragrance of the roses in England! While in Manningly, in the rain, the mist from the petals filled my umbrella and I was inside my own personal aromatherapy chamber! Now whenever I as much as SEE a photograph of these roses with dewey petals, I swim in memories of that beautiful experience.
Fragrance triggers memory pegs. Memory pegs, in Dargan-speak, are sensory reminders of something in the past…such as a walk in the woods with your grandfather with the sound of leaves under your feet, or the taste of fresh olive oil on your wedding trip, or…well, the list can be endless. As we age, memory pegs become more and more important, especially with senility patients. Anything that can trigger the feeling of connectedness presents a calming influence that is very grounding.
At the upcoming 25th Southeastern Flower Show, its silver anniversary, held in Atlanta, GA on March 14-17 at the Cobb Galleria, Dargan Landscape Architects is preparing a type of memory peg garden. It exhibits simple devices like a water basin for reflection, an antique urn, a mossy chair for texture, a wind chime for gentle sound and plants in an array of color, culinary value and fragrance.
Come visit! I’ll be posting photos as it is being constructed!
A WIN a BOOK drawing will be held each day. 3 Books will be awarded and names posted on our exhibit.