About

aren is a garden designer, artist, & writer with a background & education in fine art, horticulture, & 20+ years experience as a floral designer.


Personal Background 

One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my creative endeavours, including painting, writing, gardening, & photography.

Created as a visual diary, it gives me a chance to look back year to year and see how everything is (if at all), progressing.

As an introvert, blogging has been a lovely way to meet like-minded people from around the world!

As a gardener, I let nature take the lead. Here as her partner to tidy things up a bit, I help extend the gardening seasons on both sides of the calendar!

I remember my first garden with much affection. With a few square feet under a tree in my parent’s back yard, next to the graves of my beloved budgies & assorted pet fish, I grew beans on a pole that leaned on the tree, with impatiens planted at their feet. My grandmother, who lived with us, said it was a beautiful plot, & even though I’m pretty sure it wasn’t, her kindness ignited a lifelong urge in me to play in the dirt.

The family farm – Gone, but always affectionately in my thoughts.

The reality of my garden today is not too far off from that childhood plot. It can be a bit messy, cluttered & over grown, despite my (on again off again) desire for control, but I find this rambling look of a country garden has its charms. The pollinators & wildlife who frequent this patch seem to agree, & may appreciate my lack of effort in this regard.

Life in the country opened doors to a more relaxed way of gardening. I grow vegetables among flowers, and don’t mind breaking ‘traditional’ gardening design rules.

In any case, one’s home, garden, & yes even a blog, is a refuge from a busy world. A place to nurture our true selves & heal our spirit.

Mrs. Woman

These days I’m blogging more about folklore, myth, & fairy tales. These are topics I’m currently studying, writing about, and find fascinating.

Thank you for taking the time to visit!


Garden Design

Karen has a certificate in horticulture from the University of Guelph. To view samples of her garden design work, please visit:  Flickr (or) Houzz 

 


Karen’s Art – Paintings, murals, and Papier-mache sculpture

Painting professionally for 25 years, Wall Flower Studio was a participating artist member on the Haliburton County Studio Tour. (2005 – 2011)

With more than 800 + paintings and Papier-mache sculptures sold over the course of her career, Karen’s work is collected world wide, while she continues to show her work in galleries across North America.

Karen has independently operated Wall Flower Studio since 2004. Thank you for visiting!


Memberships and Associations

Fairy garden terrarium

  • North American Native Plant Society
  • Canadian Wildlife Federation
  • Minden & District Horticultural Society
  • Arts and Letters Club of Toronto (Past member)

 

In the not so distant past, I offered social media, horticultural, & art related workshops & presentations locally and regionally.

Past workshops:

  • “Easy Exotic Floral Design” Public Seminar – CNE (Exhibition Place) 2003
  • “Container Gardening” – City of Toronto—Held at various public community centres. 2003
  • “Using Native Plants in the Urban Garden” 2003
  • “Creating a Pollinator Garden”2003
  • “Succulents in the Rock Garden” 2002
  • “Heirloom Plants: Saving and Reviving Lost Treasures” – 2004
  • Making Seed Balls – Guerrila Gardening! 2009
  • Heirloom Gardening; The Politics of Plants – 2010
  • Dried flowers and herbs – Gifts from the Garden – Minden Horticulture Society 2011
  • Coboconk Horticultural Society – Container Gardening – 2012
  • Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society – Saving Heirloom seeds – 2012
  • Haliburton – Terrarium workshop – Dovetail Interiors – 2013
  •  Garden Club of Toronto
  • Succulent wreath

    The Milne House Garden Club

  • The Minden Horticultural Society
  • The Toronto Botanical Garden
  • The Norland Hort. Society
  • The Canadian National Exhibition
  • Various Toronto community centres
  • The Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society
  • Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society
  • The Art Hive
  • Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce
  • The Agnes Jamieson Gallery
  • Rails End Gallery

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