Garden Photo of the Day

Mandalas at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland

Today's photos are from Nancy Stedman in Tarrytown, New York (see her garden HERE and HERE), but she's taking us on a visit to Scotland! She says, "For the second year, a team of Edinburgh artists–Karen Shewan, Mel Shewan, and Therese Muskus–created mandalas on the grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh out of bits and pieces of botanical material they found there. My college friend Susan Bittker, who lives in Edinburgh, took these photos. You can find more details on Karen's Facebook page, HERE." Oh, I just love this stuff, Nancy! Funny, I'd just been admiring flower mandalas by an artist named Kathy Klein the other day. Check those out HERE. Pure gorgeousness! Now I'm inspired and need to go outside and start gathering materials…

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  1. perenniallycrazy 11/08/2014

    Wow! These are stunning creations! I think even more amazing are the creative minds and talented designers and builders behind these pieces. I had to look up some of the different materials used. I love the persica leaves and the chestnuts. The photos are great because they highlight the details of each mandala. It's like looking at a painting. There's a lot to draw you in and even more to see when you come closer. Thank you very much Karen, Mel, Therese, Susan, Nancy, Kathy and Michelle for sharing these garden jewels with us.

  2. Nurserynotnordstroms 11/08/2014

    A visit to Scotland and beautiful Mandalas what a way to start your day. First collecting then arranging what artistic and creative people. Thank you Nancy for knowing the right people who wanted to share all of this beauty with us.
    Hummm time to collect some of my own materials for a creative project.

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    meander_michaele 11/10/2014

    Thanks for sharing these pictures, Nancy...gave me a chance to learn a new word "mandalas" and see a new way to express artistic creativity. I visited your friend, Karen's facebook page and she is a very talented artist.

  4. greengenes 11/10/2014

    These are simply gorgeous and what fun to do one! The creativity is endless as well! All the sites mentioned were fun to look at too. They sort of remind me of kalidescopes. Thanks Nancy and Michelle!

  5. lesliefarrelldelongpre 11/10/2014

    I love this idea as a way to add even more creativity to our gardens. What a feast for the eyes. Thank you for posting...and on a Monday morning!! priceless!

  6. Cenepk10 11/10/2014

    Very cool !!!

  7. thevioletfern 11/10/2014

    Oh my! You know I do want to go out to my garden right now and create a mandala! Thanks for sharing - very inspiring.

  8. GrannyMay 11/10/2014

    Gorgeous! I have never seen anything like this before. Karen's Facebook page has a great description of the whole process, so I shared it with my friends.

    For those people who may not have access to Facebook, here is a quote from her post: "In our over exploited world, the autumn mandala with its beautiful variety of leaves, reminds us of our dependence on the earth's trees and plants, and the need to protect them. These oft quoted words of Patrick Geddes sum up perfectly how I feel: "How many people think twice about a leaf? Yet the leaf is the chief product and phenomenon of life: this is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and all dependent on the leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests."

    Thank you Nancy for sharing these photos and Michelle for including the related sites.

  9. Meelianthus 11/10/2014

    WOW ! So much beauty, such wonderful artistry. Thanks for sharing a new kind of creativity Nancy.
    And thank you Granny May for including the descriptive quotes.

  10. karenshewan 11/10/2014

    Thanks for all your kind words, we're glad you enjoyed looking at the photos. If you'd like to see more of Therese's mandalas that she makes on her farm in the Scottish Highlands (Laikenbuie) then you can see them on this link: You can also see photos of last year's mandala we made at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and one that we made on the beach in the summer, on my website: (click on 'Mandalas' on the top menu)

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