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Gardens can be tranquil area, claims expert

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The desire for a sense of place, the desire to feel connected and the desire to feel in control are three reasons why people love gardening.

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The desire for a sense of place, the desire to feel connected and the desire to feel in control are three reasons why people love gardening. That's according to social researcher Hugh McKay, author of 'What Makes Us Tick? The Ten Desires That Drive Us', who has been approached by event organisers in Australia to speak about why a desire for a 'place' is relevant when building up a garden, reports canberratimes.com.au. According to McKay, the organisers read sections of his book about desire and indicated that gardening is very much in line with that ethos, as gardens have a 'magical quality', which could resonate with creatives who have taken the time to build garden art studios in their back yard paradise. "When it comes to gardens and you listen to gardeners talking about their attachment to their own gardens, it seems to me you're hearing a lot of this psychology of place," he says, cited by smh.com.au. "The garden is a place where gardeners truly feel themselves. A place where they feel absolutely at home and in control. It's not just gardens we tend ourselves, it's also public parks and gardens,". In addition, McKay believes that gardeners value their gardens for the sense of tranquility and 'flow' they provide and suggests that people may need to retreat to the backyard a 'little more often'.

Author:

Ashley Curtis

22nd June 2012