Why be so serious about mere joys?
— May Sarton, from “A Country Incident“
Welcome to enclos*ure, where I post pictures and words about the “mere” things that interest me, usually related to garden design and life in gardens.
I have lived and gardened in five countries in Africa and in the Washington, D.C., area since 1988. About ten years ago, I also completed a certificate program in Landscape Design from George Washington University. I currently live in Stuttgart, Germany.
I began this blog in 2011. I chose the name enclos*ure because all gardens begin with the creation of a sense of separation and containment. ‘Garden’ has its roots in ancient Indo-European words meaning enclosure. (Likewise, the word paradise, often applied to gardens, comes from the Old Persian paridaida, meaning “walled-around.”)
Why the * ? ‘Enclosure’ is formed by ‘enclose’ plus ‘-ure’ — the suffix that forms abstract nouns of action — thus, it means “the act of enclosing or the state of being enclosed.”
And “Take refuge.”? Well, we all need to sometimes. Where better than in a garden? Or, for a few minutes, in a blog about gardens?
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org