Since becoming a gardener, I have been lucky to have experienced many gardens and met so many inspirational gardeners… I have been inspired by petite pocket gardens in urban areas; potted vertical gardens – flowers and herbs spewing from pots precariously attached to the walls of houses in ancient cities, gardens which dangle off cliffs in the High Atlas region of Morocco; Tomatoes growing atop the Acropolis; as well as luxuriously endowed and staffed gardens.
I think of the times when I have been away for 3 months and return to thigh high vegetation growing in our gravel drive – as nature pushes back and weed seeds have blown in… it has taught me that gardens are precious, without a gardener to maintain the vision and nurture it, they can so easily revert to wild. And, that I need to purchase a machete the next time I’m away for an extended period!
What matters… is that these exterior visions are fragile and important to our culture as art and architecture of the times. They need to be respected and saved.
Plan to vist a garden – one can always learn something, or at least breathe some fresh air, but more importantly experience the gardener’s work in progress… their vision… their need to plant, sustain and enjoy nature. The fragility of these visions… which creates a memorable sense of place and balance.
Enjoy – Living the EntwinedLife!
NC Certified Environmental Educator