July 17, 2015


The sage and lavender plants in the Woodwynn Peace garden are growing. We’ve had a heat wave and many many dry days this summer so regular hand watering (our only option) has been required. It’s hot work, but the wonderful view, the fragrance, the sounds of eagles (and other birds, drones, and sometimes even parachutists), being right there near the ground with baby lizards that are only 3 inches long — as well as having delicious blackberries nearby — already ripe in early July, well, there are a lot of things that make it all worthwhile.

And we can’t begin to say how grateful we are to know that other folks love this garden and want to look after it too! Thank you to ALL who have been helping along the way. And to all who visit and enjoy a few peaceful moments in this very special location.

We are still pulling small thistles constantly and there are rogue blackberries that need to be monitored in a few places on the labyrinth and in the sage beds. Funny how those blackberries are friends when they grow a few meters outside of the garden but enemies when they appear inside 🙂


Please see for more information about when the garden is open and how it came to be….

Before and After (but it’s not complete yet!!!)

October 8, 2013

This is sort of a visual status report of the project at Woodwynn Farms 🙂  

The blackberries are tenacious but so is Deryk! In the first photo you can’t see the wall at all. The second photo (shot from the other direction) shows the ground almost ready to be mechanically ploughed. Apparently then, with plantings of trees and grass or herbs, and LOTS of maintenance, the blackberries will eventually stop trying to return. 

Here’s the Kickstarter link for those who are able to contribute (and receive a reward that could be a tree named in your honor, artwork, etc.)


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