Emerson called his garden an honest place, "where every tree and vine told by its appearance what treatment it had received."
And Kipling wisely wrote, "Such gardens are not made by singing, 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade."
The garden is our private refuge where we can satisfy our
need for beauty, tranquillity and achievement. It is a world of nature
we have helped to create; tending plants, we share with the sun, the
rain and the soil the task of transforming an area of the earth into
leaf and blossom. How satisfying to reap the bounty of these endeavors.
Complete Book of Gardening. Reader's Digest Publishing, 1966
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