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ASK THE EXPERTS
As garden builders, you and James seek to cultivate daily interaction
with natural beauty for your family and clients through the creation of
private garden spaces. Now, with the recent Covid-19 shelter-in-place
restrictions, have you sensed a greater appreciation for these personal
garden spaces?
Because James is a gardener, I have been the beneficiary of a garden development project
that has been years in the making and will likely keep us interested and occupied well after
we retire. But it has only been recently, when other once-normal niceties in our lives-family
visits, dining out, game nights with friends, travel-have been taken away, that I am realizing
with profound gratitude all we still have outside our door because we decided to invest in
our garden over the years. Now, more than ever, I appreciate the value of frequent interaction with natural beauty and the daily refreshment a garden provides. Never before has our
garden been such an escape and source of continual wonder!
When I am rattled by strident media opinions, I can pause for just a moment on the stone
steps in our garden and observe the painstaking progress of a spider repairing its web between two branches of a Japanese Maple. I can listen to the whisper of the wind through the
Pines above me or watch tiny leaf buds unfurl in the spring sunshine. Our garden is a sanctuary where I am able to slow down, breathe deeply, and regain my balance. It is my daily
vacation, and since right now, it is our only "let's eat out" option, we are privileged to dine
under the sky and trees, accompanied by the whirr of hummingbird wings and bird song.
When I am disheartened by the cares of the world, I only have to look up at the Cardinal
singing its heart out in the branches of a Dawn Redwood to remember that I, too, have
a myriad of reasons to rejoice. In my garden, I am reminded that the Almighty Hand that
clothes the flowers and feeds the birds also cares for me. My garden becomes a cathedral
where my heart cries out for wisdom and shouts out songs of gratitude and praise.
Our garden is a shelter from the chaos of conflicting headlines. It is a place where, with careful tending, growth is measured and certain. There is hope in our garden-that spring will
surely follow winter; that what was green and vibrant last year will burst forth in color, fragrance, and beauty once again; that someday soon, we will again hear delighted little voices
exclaiming over wildflowers and "under-doggies" on the swing; that the cares of today are
just for a moment and will eventually recede in memory. I need a garden in my life because I
need rest and shelter and joy and hope . . . especially now!
Hanselman Landscape is a family-owned business established in 1985. Believing the world
can be beautiful, we are dedicated to bringing natural beauty within the daily reach of our
clients. With unique solutions to complex challenges, Hanselman Landscape's garden design experts will embrace your home with a custom-tailored, sustainable landscape design.
Japanese gardens, swimming pool landscapes with refreshing waterfalls, and carefullypruned specialty plants are just a few of the ways we can bring natural beauty into your daily
experience.
We prioritize long-term relationships, which allows our customers to develop the high quality
gardens they desire. And if it's ongoing care you desire, you can enjoy a lifetime of support
through our skilled maintenance program. In fact, we continue to serve our very first clients!
Our location in Manheim provides us with access to design and cultivate gardens throughout
Central PA, Philadelphia's Main Line, and even as far away as Cambridge, Massachusetts.
We invite you to explore how we can partner with you to bring joy to your garden!

Betty Hanselman

Partner
Hanselman Landscape
& Gardens

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