A garden, hortus conclusus, is an enclosed piece of land. The longing to create a paradise is a part of being human and can be satisfied especially in the garden. The best gardens emerge when the gardener's intention meets nature's own momentum. The garden as a symbol of life and as a metaphor of growth and death reveals itself as an open encyclopedia. Gardens tell stories and express an attitude towards life. The garden can be seen as an arranging of the soul.