Why Garden?

Garden Design, The Politics of Gardening

There are lots of types of gardeners and many different reasons to garden. A garden can reflect your whole philosophy of life, whether you try to be in control or just go with the flow, whether you’re tidy or messy or somewhere in between, whether you tend to find your own way or are a follower of rules and fashion.

Interesting contrasts and bright colours in a shady bed by the front door offer little bursts of pleasure as you come and go.

Here are my reasons to garden…

  1. An escape to a timeless world. Seasons matter in the garden. And sun, rain, wind, humidity, location, soil type, climate and microclimates. All these things are beyond our control and we have to accept them and work with them. Hours and minutes are meaningless.
  2. Exercise and movement. The variety of movements, walking, digging, reaching make us move and stretch in all sorts of ways without even thinking about it.
  3. Fresh air, flowers and sunshine. It cheers you up and makes you healthy.
  4. Somewhere quiet to sit and reflect.
  5. Fresh food, grown organically. I love food – fresh herbs, salads, vegetables – and this is the best way to get it.
  6. Wildlife habitats. We owe it to the wildlife – it’s their home too.
  7. A face to the community – well-cared for, imaginative, conformist – and a topic of conversation.
  8. Regular little bursts of pleasure.

… what are yours?

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