“Earth laughs in flowers.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though I am not a gardener, I have always had an affinity for gardens and have spent many days in both my grandfathers’ gardens. They grew all sorts of vegetables, fruits, fruit trees, and flowers. I loved helping them plant and harvest. I still enjoy getting dirty planting flowers. There is satisfaction in watching something grow. There is satisfaction in nurturing something.
Over the years, when I was able, I created school and class gardens with my students. I loved watching their curious and surprised faces as they discovered garden treasures: a snail, a green tomato, a huge pumpkin. Children learned so much in the garden, not only about the nature of plants, but also about their own toughness and resiliency – grit if you will.
I’m lucky to live near many public gardens and arboretums. I cannot wait to see their spring offerings. This spring seems more precious to me, maybe it’s because of the precariousness of the world. I need a place of serenity and beauty, a place where things thrive and grow instead of being destroyed. When I’m in a garden everything else fades away. I step into a different place and time. I am fully with the plants and flowers. Surrounded by beauty, I’m able to breathe deeply, slow my heart rate, and be present to all that is flourishing.
Mindful Gardener I step out of my thinking into the pink, the purple and yellow, into my personal oasis. A green haven sprouting to life, seeds of calm, shoots of inner peace, knotted roots entwine, newly budded flowers silently grow. I forget about busy and connect with the flowers, feel the soil between my fingers, I stop worrying, listen to the sounds of the fertile earth, Inhale all of spring. My intentions In full bloom.
New & Unique Garden Books for Kids
- Celia Planted a Garden: The Story of Celia Thaxter and Her Island Garden by Phillis Root
- Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids by Little Gestalten
- Flowers are Pretty Weird by Rosemary Mosco
- Grow: A Family Guide to Plants and How to Grow Them by Riz Reyes
- Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery
- How to say Hello to a Worm by Kari Percival
- Little Homesteader: A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom by Angela Ferraro-Fanning
- Parks for the People: How Frederick Law Olmsted Designed America by Elizabeth Partridge
- Planting a Garden in Room 6 by Caroline Arnold
- Springtime is.. by Leah Vis
- The Gardener of Alcatraz by Emma Bland Smith
- What Cooking at 10 Garden Street by Felicita Sala
- What’s Cooking in Flowerville? By Felicita Sala
- What’s Inside a Flower?: And Other Questions About Science and Nature by Rachel Ignotofsky
A great website for you to feast your gardening senses: