As totally shocking as it seems to me (and other fellow gardeners), some people don’t actually like gardening.
I told you it was shocking.
However all is not lost. Even those that won’t go anywhere near a spade or a bag of compost do (usually) enjoy a garden. It might be theirs or it might be something grander and far away from home.
It got me thinking what is it about a garden (formal or not) that everyone likes?
Something about a structure of a garden makes it instantly recognisable and a feeling of almost safe about it.
Its a place you can sit down and just be. You don’t have to think about anything just sit and be still. Listen to the rustling of the ferns, smell the rosemary or the honey suckle wafting in the breeze. Feel the smooth bark of the tree or the soft leaves of the lambs ears.
Or just be still, breath and relax.
Being part of the bigger picture
In a garden you see how everything has a place, how plants fit together – either to make grand designs or just in harmony with their surroundings. Some plants help pollinate other plants, some form structures or nesting places while others keep away pests and create colour as well.
In a garden either that has been done deliberately, by the gardener, or naturally and cultivated over time. Either way as you enjoy the garden you can see that nothing is out of place.
With you being in the garden to see all that it is then finally complete.
Changing of the seasons
Just as we are out of sorts while trying to hide from those blistering winter winds, so a garden changes over the course of 12 months. Never the same from one season to another the garden sheds in one season and blooms again in another, bringing fourth new life and a new scene.
This then makes us feel refreshed and ready to begin anew.
There are of course many types of gardening, and lots of styles of gardens that can be found all over the world but just as every person is individual, so is a garden. You’ll never ever see two the same. Each one crafted and dug, each one maintained and loved differently by the owner.
Each one a reflection of the time and place it was created and the person who created it.
So next time you’re in a garden, any garden, take a moment to really breath it in and enjoy it because that, after all, is the very reason it has been created – to enjoy.