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