Garden Design for the Short Season Yard by Lyndon Penner

Garden Design for the Short Season Yard by Lyndon Penner

Author:Lyndon Penner
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-1-55059-603-8
Publisher: Brush Education
Published: 2015-07-05T16:00:00+00:00


You have probably seen these person-shaped rock cairns before; they have their origins in Inuit culture and are known as Inukshuk. They are becoming more popular in gardens, and I have a great deal of love and affection for them. I believe they are a powerful and ancient symbol, and so I dislike seeing them used casually or without proper respect. In the same way that you would be respectful of an image of Christ or Buddha, so it should be with the Inukshuk.

I think you should absolutely use these in the garden if you can; but do so with an understanding of their historical importance and ties these monuments have to Inuit culture. Loosely translated, the name means “image of man,” and since time immemorial, in the far northern parts of the globe where there are few natural landmarks, the Inukshuk was used as a marker for travel routes, camping sites, hunting grounds, or to mark food caches. They can make wonderful focal points in the garden, and they should instill feelings of honour, companionship, and historical importance. The Inukshuk has become a Canadian symbol: it appears on the flag of Nunavut and was also a symbol for the 2010 winter Olympics.


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