People plant the same flowers every year. Why? It is the familiar and known that…
We gardeners love the benefits of gardening.
Many rewards come our way.
A customer, D. V. D. from San Francisco, once wrote to nineteenth century horticulturist James Vick (1818-1882) who owned a large seed company in Rochester, New York.
In 1878 Vick included the letter in his company magazine Vick’s Illustrated Monthly.
The California customer wrote these words to Mr. Vick,
“One must give care and companionship to plants and flowers to learn their grateful nature and feel their beneficent influences.”
A gardener gives but a bit, and receives treasures galore for mind and body.
Worth reading for great inspiration as you enjoy the fall garden.
That article put me on this kick to write about how much gardening does for us gardeners.
My New Form of Gardening
Now that we have sold our house, and I am confined to a condo deck of five containers filled with plants, I am feeling the treasures in gardening even more.
In the letter the same San Francisco gardener said to Vick,
“Go into the garden weary, angry or disappointed, and relief comes without rest.”
The writer concluded with a word of encouragement for parents to teach their children about gardening.
He/she said, “To direct the inquiries of the young to this inner life of the garden is to strengthen their minds for loftier inquiries in the future.”