Kate, a friend and reader in North Carolina, wrote to me last week and entitled her email “Are you a gardener?”
She wrote the following:
My youngest daughter hired a landscape designer to draw up plans for her new little house and acre down the street from us. So I came by for the ‘big reveal’. I had lots of questions, and the lady was delightful. After about 30 minutes or so, she turned to me and said ‘are you a gardener?’ And I fell silent. “Well”, I finally said, “I have a number of gardens, and I spend a lot of time in them, but no, I would not call myself a gardener. I am a person who gardens.”
Made me think about what it will take before I think of myself as “a gardener” – and wondered how other people thought of themselves in those terms.
Evidently this is one of those words whose meaning is subject to individual interpretation .
If you go by a dictionary definition, you are a gardener if you are employed to cultivate or care for a garden or if you do it for a pastime.
I thought it would be interesting to see how YOU felt about it and how you think of yourself in terms of gardening.
I’ll go first:
- Yes, I am a gardener. And the garden is so much a part of me that I would never want to exist without it.
I’m really looking forward to your comments!
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