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Your garden dream often reveals what you are doing with your latent possibilities. It is pointing out whether you have cultivated your abilities, or buried them.
A garden is sometimes a place of love in a dream. In which case it can denote what is growing or dying in your relationship. Another garden theme is connected with activities we do in the garden, like pets we keep, or work done. This connects with what is growing in the area of your natural urges, the pets, and what you are doing that is socially visible, the work in the garden.
The garden can also be a representation of an area of conflict when relatives or neighbours tend to do things that upset your feelings. It is also a private area and so could suggest your are entering someone else’s area.
Beautiful garden: Suggests satisfaction at time of dream; depicts the beauty and perhaps creativity or abundance of your inner feelings.
Overgrown or weeds in garden: Awareness of particular parts of your personality which need working on. Perhaps negative habits need ‘weeding out’.
Square or circular garden: Holds a lot of your gathered wisdom and insights which would be useful if made conscious.
Walled garden: This refers to a state of mind, or a state of being, in which you are aware of your innermost and fundamental self.
Garden pool: Childhood, or early stage in the evolution of ones self consciousness, during which there was a sense of communal awareness; sense of unity with life; ones feelings which may be observable if ones attention is turned inwards – one looks under the surface. See: the self under archetypes; digging; processing dreams. Idioms: Bear garden; up the garden path.
Example: ‘I was working in quite a large garden by my house. A part of the garden was like a little alcove by other buildings. The garden was kidney shaped. I had dug this small plot and was considering how I might relax and sunbathe there. My daughter said I should have worked harder on it – dug it better. I felt intense emotions of resentment and anger at her criticism. I started telling her what a bad time I had in the past. How difficult it was even to work, let alone work hard.’ Beatrice G.
This shows the garden as depicting what one has ‘worked on’ or produced in life. This could mean externally or ones own nature. The daughter is Beatrice’s own self criticism, which pushes her on, though she has a tendency to want to relax ‘in the sun’. This aspect of garden suggests how ‘fruitful’ ones life has been socially and spiritually.