Tuesday, July 8, 2008


I've been reading Penelope Hobhouse's "The Story of Gardening". She has a lot of insight into gardening and I love the fact that she provides an entire history that shows why it is that I garden the way I do. Why any of us garden the way we do.

I love this:

"It is from the earliest desert gardens, literally oases of vegetation in an arid climate, that we get our idea of the garden as a refuge. For nomads an oasis was a place of lush contrast to the shifting sands, wind and beating sun, a place of seclusion from the outside world. Today, for many of us, the garden is still an oasis, a place apart, though the concept may exist as much in the mind as in reality."

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