Concentrates of Place-2022

Woodland Garden – Shelley E. Rose

Shelley Rose & Students

silver tin with clear lid containing various objects from a woodland garden.
Woodland Garden Tin, Shelley E. Rose, 2022.

Relative Location

A woodland garden in Cuyahoga County, Northeast Ohio. Northeast of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


This woodland garden is located next to a stream. The plants in the garden were either in place when it was created or from local growers in Northeast Ohio. Plants like woodruff, Jack in the Pulpit, and ferns all bring forest environments to mind. One of the key human inhabitants of this space created a fairy garden for pretend play. The logs in the picture are from trees that fell naturally in the woods and help set the stage.

photo of a woodland garden with fairy village made out of logs. A silver tin is open in the foreground
Woodland Garden, Shelley E. Rose, 2022

Concentrates of Place

Sense of Place

This woodland garden is a place of peace and creativity for our family. The little human enjoys building scenes like the fairy village out of natural elements. The adult humans find happiness in cultivating plants that suit the environment and listening to the soft gurgle of the nearby stream. All these physical and human geography elements create a unique place for our family. To others, it is simply the land surrounding our house, but to us it has special place meaning that will change over time but always be that of a woodland garden.