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The Gift of Gardening

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 21

I understand that not everyone loves to work outdoors. There was a consultation customer that made this clear when she said, “I just want to start this off by telling you that for me, a good time gardening is when I put the golf clubs in the trunk of the car and go to the club for the day.”

It’s great when a client is honest and direct…it’s much easier to help that person with his/her landscape when everything is clear from the start. That said, part of me thinks that it’s kind of a shame that this woman got more pleasure from the out of doors when she was swinging a golf club instead of sitting in her own back yard. Oh well.

This opinionated gardener views a day working in her landscape as a gift. To be outdoors listening to birdsong, breathing fresh air and be surrounded by plants? Heaven. To have a stretch of unscheduled time to putter and plant? Luxury. To put effort into the creation of a beautiful, healthy environment? Priceless.

After a stressful day filled with unexpected family crises, I’m blessed to have a day ahead of me when there is work to do. Garden work. What a blessing.

Every day the garden wakes up just a bit more. Miracles! Discovery! Healing.

2 comments to The Gift of Gardening

  • I couldn’t agree with you more! Working in the garden does not seem like “work” to me at all. It really is a gift.

  • Joyce

    Yes, gardening is a gift and the GREATEST form of therapy. It is a blessing to be in a garden where we can create and nurture to our heart’s content…and more useful than annoying our kids with advice!