Gardener’s Journal

15 hours ago

When I am among the trees,
they give off such hints of gladness.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you have come into the world to do this--
to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine."

~ Excerpts from poem by Mary Oliver (American poet; 1935-2019)

Gladly shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& regularly wowed by trees)

Regardless of where you find yourself this summer, take time to slow down and be among trees; drift beneath their branches, learn their lessons, fill with joy . . . be refreshed!

3 days ago

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”
~ Gertrude Jekyll (British horticulturalist, garden designer, writer and artist; 1843-1932)

Every tree, shrub or perennial planted in the dirt is a declaration of faith . . . that rain, sunshine, and steady care will eventually yield something beautiful, and make the effort (and the waiting!) worthwhile.

Shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& joyful student of garden lessons)

1 week ago


"My garden is a place that nurtures quiet in the midst of noise and makes it safe to listen to bird song and bee buzz and the trickle of water."
~Emilie Barnes (American inspirational author and gardener in Time Began in a Garden)

Joyfully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& Hummingbird enthusiast)

A Hummingbird enjoys an early morning water dance in our tsukubai water feature. I was fortunate to view this delightful display from a front row seat in our garden theater!

1 week ago

“As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”
~ John Muir

No matter where your summer adventures take you, may you also experience daily joy and beauty in your own space!
And if your property seems a bit lackluster compared to the places you've been, give us a call. We specialize in bringing the wonder and delight of natural elements within reach!

Joyfully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& glad adventurer)

This Lancaster County pool garden was inspired by a waterfall the clients had viewed while on vacation in Costa Rica.

2 weeks ago

GARDEN DESIGN IDEA: Consider an Al Fresco Dining Room!

As the weather warms, what about creating an outdoor dining area with appeal for a variety of ages? Hanselman Landscape can build you a stunning customized patio with a rock wall to provide seating around a bistro table; in the same outdoor "dining room", we can add boulders to offer alternate dining options for younger ones!

Shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& outdoor dining enthusiast)

2 weeks ago

"Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
~ Robert Brault (American author)

Joyfully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& little things/little people appreciator)

3 weeks ago


Our gifted team members not only design and create special garden spaces and nurture specimen plants; they also craft customized garden structures such as fences, gateways, trellises and gazebos. Take a look at some of their artwork!

Gladly shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife

3 weeks ago

"Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?"
~ Robert Brault (American author)

Joyfully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& grateful grandma!)

3 weeks ago

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
~ Jane Austen (British novelist; 1775-1817)

All of us at Hanselman Landscape wish you a refreshing July 4th weekend. May your holiday memories be sweet and your outlook beautiful!

Photo notes: After adding privacy and a creatively nestled swimming pool garden to their property (complete with jumping rock, far right), these clients fell in love with their home, Lancaster County, PA.

1 month ago

"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."
~ Gertrude Jekyll (British horticulturalist and author; 1843-1932)

Shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& seeker of daily grace-gifts)

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