Open Days Progam—Finding Soul—The Yoga Garden

Tucked away below a rocky ridge, a stream slowly bends and flows carving a craggy plateau. Wildlife abounds—sounds of water on rocks, frogs chirping and birds twittering—a wildlife habitat—welcome to Peace and Harmony—Welcome to The Yoga Garden.

SithesYogaGarden Twenty-two years ago when spades and pick axe hit rock and heavy clay—the petite gardener found she couldn’t dig deep enough, the only way to begin was to honor the challenge and raise up—cleverly with truck loads of leaves and more leaves—planting directly in the raised beds of mulch then let nature take its course—it worked!

Next tons of rock were hauled in—to form the core of the Garden’s shape and charm.  Carefully placed with an eye for design, emerging as pleasing and grounded inner strength.



Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17 2014

My Soulful friend and gardener Conni Sithes

My Soulful friend and gardener Conni Sithes

“One must do the work to create sanctuary of garden or soul.”
-Conni Sithes

What to you consider your gardening Style?

Eclectic and easy.

What kind of conditions do you garden in— type of soil?—terrain?

Hilly, clay soil with lots of wildlife.

Do you have any challenges in your garden?

The herds of deer are huge, lots of huge trees clay soil, but you make it all work.

What is the first thing you added, removed or changed in this garden?

I looked at the hill in my backyard and devised a plan to make it inviting rather than a hard clay hill.

Do you collect plants and if so what?

I used to love to start plants from seeds in order to save money, so now I have a lot of Japanese roof top iris,Iris pseudacorus, Larkspur, Poppies…


What are favorite garden tools?

Pick axe…love clay soil..

How much time do you spend working in your garden?

Not as much as I used to …a couple of hours a week, then when the opportunity arises a whole day.


What is your mulch preference?

Composted leaves

Anything new added to your garden—art, hardscape or cool plant?

I love the Fuki (Petasites japonicus) I received from a friend, I had a huge banana grove, but I think this winter destroyed it

What is your first memory in a garden?

I had always either lived in a city or military housing. This was my first home and garden.

What is it that got you started gardening?

I love to create something beautiful and cohesive and inviting.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Other gardens all over.

Who is your Horticultural Hero? Or Garden mentor?

Liz Ford, Jayme Bednarczyk


Describe where you most often sit in your garden or looking out at your garden…

Out back at the koi pond.

SithesPondIf money were no object what would you add or do differently?

A much larger vegetable garden.

Do you have ‘garden wisdom’ to share?

Patience. Learn to let go of weeds, and thinking things need to look should be a mirror image of ourselves and mother nature… and neither one of us look great all the time, but we do have our moments.

Or anything you’d like to say about your garden?

I teach Yoga at my studio with huge windows looking out at the garden…whether it’s kids or adults everyone pauses and absorbs the soothing energy that abounds within this sanctuary that intimately connects us to a greater source.

 Working alongside Conni Sithes is like participating in a Triathlon. She makes it all look naturally beautiful—effortless, fluid motion, harmony with nature—A life lesson learned from Conni and and the Yoga Garden—

“One must do the work to create sanctuary of garden or soul.”   Namaste!



Wake Forest, Raleigh and Cary Open Days
Friday, May 16 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit seven private gardens in Cary, Wake Forest, and Raleigh, , NC.

The JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina University in Raleigh will also be welcoming visitors.

Admission: $7 per garden
Discounted admission tickets (6 tickets for $35 general / $21 Garden Conservancy members) will be available in advance at the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh). Admission to the Arboretum is free.

Open Days are self-guided and proceed rain or shine.
No reservations are required.



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