Garden Variety

From the desk of Teresa Jordan, Executive Director – I have worked very hard over the last few weeks to get ready to be part of a garden show. The day after the show, I toured all of the other gardens with other show volunteers.

Every yard that I went to felt just a little tidier and more beautiful than mine; every homestead felt a bit more effortlessly majestic and calm when compared to the frantic horticultural warfare of getting my yard ready.  However, when I really looked the tell-tale signs were there – I saw half-used bags of mulch tucked behind garden sheds, garden tools in a pile and mounds of weeds wilting in a fence row.

One particularly wonderful home, with sweeping field of wildflowers amid charming bee boxes overlooking a wraparound porch with calla lilies in all the corners, also featured a wagon piled with tools and the remains of a massive chalkboard to do list on the drive shed wall. 

I guess its just human nature to sort of think that everyone around is just a wee bit more put together and organized, spending countless afternoons on their chez lounge reading magazines while we toil.  One of my favourite quotes goes something like this … when the grass looks greener in someone else’s yard it is usually a septic issue. There are many beautiful gardens that need not be graded in order of wonderfulness, but just enjoyed for their beauty and the dedication that it took to craft them – just like a lot of things.

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