Metamorphosis

Crabtree Gardens Painted Lady on Butterfly Bush

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is one of my all time favorite sayings.  A while back I wrote about how I had a vision for an old barn structure that made its home in our gardens.Barn Workshop March 2007

Ignoring advice from several experts saying we should raze it, I saw enormous potential in what it could become.  Five years later, into our life came a master craftsman who could see and feel my vision.

Barn Theater Workshop 4 29 12 Double doors

After a whirlwind of wood, paint and ingenuity, he created what he, Dave and I think is a masterpiece. He added beams for structure where there were none, he added walls, windows, handmade double doors, and beautiful hand cut wood trim.

Metamorphosis Barn Crabtree Gardens

Outside he covered it with board and batten siding screwing each piece into place so it could be removed if necessary.  It was a labor of love and a loving labor, you see he likes a challenge and we keep him loaded with them.

Garden Workshop Barn

Finally upon completion in May 2012, I was able to use this space as a workshop for my garden classes throughout the summer.

Crabtree Gardens Barn Theater Fall Metamorphosis

Since it remained unused in the winter months, I offered it to a “homeless” yoga community for shelter (see previous post Grounding), and it became their yoga home.  It was again called upon to transform into the Lil Yoga Barn at Crabtree Gardens. A new floor, donated and installed by the community and some relaxing touches like incense, candles, lavender eye pillows, bolsters and soft fluffy blankets made it into a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary surrounded by nature.

Lil Yoga Barn Christmas Relaxation Class Crabtree Gardens MetamorphosisIt is also their love and gratitude for our barn that makes it even more special. The entire yoga community has embraced our gardens and their new home.  For that we are blessed.

Our barn has been such an important part of our gardens that when we were ready to have a logo designed, we debated whether it should be included. We knew the logo had to be nature inspired and we also knew that we wanted butterflies, because we promote pollinator friendly plants and working with nature.

We found a very talented artist while visiting a covered bridge festival and immediately fell in love with his work.  Nature seemed to be reflected in everything he touched.  We immediately knew that Jef McGreevy would be the one to design our garden logo.

We gave him an overview of what we wanted and we decided that the barn would become an integral part of the logo.  He worked his magic and designed this for us.

Crabtree Gardens Jef McGreevy logo copyright

The most amazing thing besides his stunning artwork is the fact that I just now realized that those butterflies you see are important to us not only because of the pollinator connection, but because they represent metamorphosis and life change.  Our gardens are continually expanding and our barn has metamorphosed into the most beautiful special place on earth, at least to us and our yoga community.

It was emotional for us when we saw our logo for the first time. Dave and I realized that it was the culmination of years of hard work and vision, connection to people who have touched our lives and the sign that we are again metamorphosing into something even better than we could have possibly hoped for.  We are now getting ready to spread our wings and fly.

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About crabtreegardens

I am a passionate decorator and the head gardener at Crabtree Gardens, LLC, which is a five acre naturalized garden located in Drums, PA. I advocate chemical-free, low maintenance gardening methods and working along with nature. I'm a freelance garden writer and member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.
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9 Responses to Metamorphosis

  1. Chris Leskosky says:

    Beautiful art work! Fly…AND ENJOY the ride!

  2. Your passion, vision, and determination shines in everything you do. You have a wonderful gift…I love to read your blogs…they are my “go to” pick me ups – to brighten my day!!!!!!! ~

  3. Sandi, We should never give up on our dreams…no matter what others might think or say, and it’s such a joy to see yours being fulfilled! ~ Marsha ~ Oh, and the logo is perfect!! 🙂

  4. What an amazing restoration job, and the logo is lovely.

  5. Anna B says:

    WOW!! What a gorgeous masterpiece indeed! Love it! Wish I could come and visit. Perfect place to do some Yoga with the Yogis!

  6. Thanks all for the kind words!

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