There are days when my schedule feels like a tall pile of heavy books about to fall; and while I’m running to catch things before they tumble, I forget to take time to catch my breath. On those days, a hike in the Alps or a cruise around the islands seem like blissful escapes. But those are not even faint hopes–much less, possibilities–given our age and stage in life.

Gratefully, I’ve found an escape into beauty, serenity, and joy the moment I open our door and step outside. Because I am married to a garden artist who values daily interaction with loveliness, our home is surrounded with sun-splashed leaves of dancing Japanese Maples, a cathedral of stately Dawn Redwoods, the rich and varied textures of Boxwoods, Azaleas and Hollies, the vivid colors of wildflowers, and a cheerful chorus of birdsong. I need only take a few steps to be immersed in the joyous beauty of a get-away that is real and very present, every single day of the year.

With thoughtful planning, creative design, and careful implementation of the plan, your outdoor living spaces can become the escape you are looking for–right outside your door.

If you are ready to invest in your own everyday retreat, give us a call at 717-653-1273. We delight in bringing joy and beauty to life for our many friends across central and southeast Pennsylvania!

Joyfully shared by Betty Hanselman

Gardener’s wife (& daily escape artist!)