A Garden’s Rewards
A garden! To grow one’s own vegetables,to nurse one’s own flowers,to rear one’s own chickens, to milk one’s own cows, and to keep one’s own carriage! -this is to be personally acquainted with the universe.
All this, you may say, is to take gardens a little portentously. It is to treat gardens with somewhat of a cosmic seriousness. Well, anyone who has a garden knows that unless you take it seriously, there is no garden.
A garden is a thing of leisurely aristocratic old roots and carefully escorted flowers. It brooks no forgetfulness, and will not flourish on perfunctory attentions. It has no blossoms for the absentee lover……
Enchantment of Gardens, Mary Wilson, 1924