Issue #49: WILD

It’s wild out there, and that’s the way we like it. This month we’re scrambling through the undergrowth, swinging from vines and getting lost in the wilderness. We’re talking renegade gardens, playing with a new virtual reality plant app, pondering the healing power of wilderness, and chatting to designers and artists about their wild work with plants. And much more. Join our wild ride!

Ponderers like myself romanticise the beauty and importance of wilderness, of the wild. To me, being in an uncultivated landscape evokes a feeling unlike any other. A simple, yet strong sense of joy and wonder. I feel lighter and more at ease in wild places than in any other environment.

Thoreau, another romantic, sums up the power and importance of the wild way better than I, writing in Walden: “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Personally, I’m feeling the power of the wild more than I ever have before. Living sandwiched between the river and bush means a life, in many ways, dictated by wild nature. I am so very happy about this.

I hope you enjoy our Wild issue as much as we have enjoyed creating it.

Yours in wilderness,