About Garden Tara
Garden Tara is a gardening service (previously known as Amber Hall Property Transformations) and blog focusing on plants, soil, gardens and wild nature!
Amber Hall is the author and owner of Garden Tara and is skilled, experienced and qualified in horticulture and gardening.
The term “Tara” was chosen to reflect the Buddhist nature of our gardening practices. Tara being a generic name for goddess, bodhisattva or being of compassion. As such Garden Tara seeks to embody those principles.
Experiencing the garden and developing our gardening practice
Garden Tara’s focus is organic gardening because that’s the approach that fosters abundant life and diversity in gardens. It appears to me, that organic gardening is the way nature intends us to be with the garden.
The principles of horticulture and gardening at Garden Tara are based on first hand experience as a professional horticulturalist, gardener and nature lover. I’ve had a lot of experiences in the garden that challenge my ethics and force me to look deeply so that I can take the right action in any given moment.
My blogs vary from experiential gardening practices such a how to grow certain plants, soil transformation, herbivore issues (often called pests) and disease states to scientific literature reviews to legal critical analysis.
Flavour of my blog articles
Too often I see other writers and gardeners repeating what others say despite evidence to the contrary. I’m not keen on repeating an untested and perhaps mythical mantra. Because I also love learning new things, I’ll research an issue rather than assume its validity. Therefore, some of my articles are based on scientific research and some are referenced by hyperlinks. Examples include the article on nitrogen fixing and susceptible and resistant plants.
Some of my articles are flavoured with my passionate advocate voice. My blog on the effect of insecticides is such an article, as is the one on trusting nature. Sometimes I find it difficult to believe that we’re still travelling down this destructive path – destroying and polluting our one and only planet and treating all other species as lesser beings.
Other articles will have a legal focus, such as the article on vulnerable species and Graptophyllum ilicifolium. I like those ones because not only can I stretch my legal wings, but I can inform readers of some key issues regarding threatened species in Australia.
All of the articles are imbued with the flavour of non-violence. My teacher Zen Master Thich Naht Hanh has helped me develop this state of mind. The more I practice non-violence in the garden the more I understand how violence perpetuates violence.
I hope you enjoy reading my blogs and please feel free to make a comment here and there where you feel moved to do so.