Magical Transformations – a Love Affair with My Garden – by Annie Gelfand

When my husband and I first built our home almost 13 years ago, the entire property was a pristine, blank canvas waiting to be brought to life. Inside there was no furniture or anything on the walls. Outside, both the front and back yards were empty grassy hills.

I had absolutely no idea that I was a gardener or that I had a creative bone in my body. Facing that empty landscape, I remember feeling overwhelmed. One of my friends brought me to a local plant sale at 6 AM on a cold, damp, rainy spring morning. “We have to get there early or we will miss out on all the good plants” was her explanation of the ungodly hour.

With hundreds and hundreds of different species on display, people everywhere were racing to get their plants with such an intense urgency that I could swear their lives depended on it. I could barely breathe. The expression on my face must have priceless. The next thing I remember, I looked down at the little red wagon my friend had absconded from an unsuspecting ‘plant competitor’ and found it full of ‘perennials’. “What the hell is a perennial?” I softly asked. “They come back year after year so you don’t have to replant them. They will be good for your garden” she reassured me.

So we returned home with a car full of these green things. “Let’s start with your front garden and then if you enjoy that, you can continue in your back,” my friend suggested.

I stared at my formidable enemy, the empty landscape. Somehow those plants had to make it into the ground and I had be the perpetrator of destroying that pristine space. It is hysterically funny now but I was seriously in paralysis just contemplating putting a shovel into that grassy canvas.

In the pouring rain, donning our ponchos and rubber boots, we braved the mud, dug into the earth and started planning with gusto. A few hours later, drenched and soaking wet, we sat looking at our creation with great satisfaction. “Wow, I did it!!”

And that was the first inkling of realization that I loved to garden, that nature’s canvas was my painting to create with plants, and the beginning of a wellspring of creativity that has gushed ever since.


The garden today

The garden today



About author

This article was written by Annie Gelfand

Annie Gelfand, MBA, CPCC, MCC, CFMW --- Known by her clients as the "Intuition Whisperer", Annie is a "Professional Question Asker" and she will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, with remarkably intuitive questions which will facilitate your deep dive into your own awareness. She left a successful corporate career over three decades ago, and gave away everything she owned to study with a meditation master in the Himalayan Mountains of India for 8 years, as she is insatiably curious about life. Annie now works with both corporate and private teams, relationships and individuals, to offer a perspective that is much valued, and highly sought after. Working with Annie requires you to be devoted to making change happen. Annie has the gift of getting to the heart of the matter at the speed of light. Annie's credentials include: Master of Business Administration Degree, and over 30 years in business, Master Certified Coach credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. She is trained in Organization, and Relationship coaching, as well as being a Certified Professional Co- Active Coach. This trained Inner Systems Facilitator has almost 20 years experience as a coach, numerous volunteer board positions, and is a Co-designer/Co-Facilitator of the Master Coach Proficiency Mentoring Program. Annie assists her clients in identifying their “intuition”, the thing that gets them excited and engaged in their lives and to learn how to trust their inner wisdom. Trained in numerous healing modalities, Annie is also a speaker, writer, artist, reflexology instructor, professional question asker, cat-obsessed and creator of magnitude.


Comments (4)
  1. Kathleen McCarthy says - Posted: October 26, 2016

    I love gardening to Annie. Though I grew up on a farm so planting things was always something in the realm of possibilities. Thanks for sharing. Nice article. 🙂

    • Annie Gelfand says - Posted: October 26, 2016

      You are so lucky Kat! Growing up on a farm with so much earth knowledge where so much of that wisdom has not been prioritized. I had no idea how much the earth and I were connected until I got my hands into her. What a therapeutic, healing activity. I miss it in the winter. My hands literally itch until spring when I can plant!

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