Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Gardening is More than a Verb

Wikipedia defines gardening as “the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture.” Webster offers a slightly different definition: “to lay out or work in a garden, to make into a garden.” As I thought about the beneficial bug house I was about to make during a class at Garden Fever! and the reason I was taking the class, I realized that for me gardening goes well beyond the cultivating of plants or even the creation of a pleasing visual space. Both of these are extremely important to me, but I find I am not just gardening for myself, I’m gardening for creatures—insects and mammals, and I hope one day amphibians and perhaps reptiles—and for my neighbors. I feel a responsibility to offer a habitat where nature can thrive and that is as kind to Mother Earth as possible. This perspective adds weight and a sense of responsibility to the choices I make, but it is a gift that I give willingly.

1 comment:

  1. Gardening is becoming more and more of a necessity nowadays than just a hobby. Due to climatic changes and ecological imbalance created due to high rise buildings it is all the more necessary to plant trees and shrubs to maintain the balance in the environment.