I like to think of Verónica as Alto Atacama’s very own Pachamama. She conceived its unique garden design and she continues to cultivate it daily with unwavering love and passion.
“Can you believe those huge trees over there were planted just from seeds by me? It makes me feel like a mother. I have three children, and grandchildren even, but this is being a mother too,” She reached out to gently touch a white flowy strand of cortadera.
“Growing things, creating life and caring for it. I still look at the pictures from when these trees were just coming up as sprouts and I can remember gathering the original seeds with little Atacamian children helping me. I am so grateful. I could die right now and be so happy.”
As you walk through Verónica’s picturesque Andescape, take a moment to appreciate each of the thoughtfully designed elements. From the bountiful vegetable patches, quaint French/Andean garden and leafy walkways, to the water features, llama corral, rock garden and al fresco geological museum, everything has a sense of place.
“I wanted to create a design that will stay in the eyes of the people and never erase,” Verónica explained. “Even if someone came here by mistake, I hope that person would be shocked and fascinated by what they saw here.”
I believe Verónica has achieved this, and so much more. Her Andescape is an unexpected oasis thriving in the most unlikely of places. Yet it feels perfectly natural, the way Pachamama intended.