The Therapy of Gardening
"Don't underestimate the therapeutic value of gardening. It's the one area where we can all use our nascent creative talents to make a truly satisfying work of art. Every individual, with thought, patience and a large portion of help from nature, has it in them to create their own private paradise: truly a thing of beauty and a joy for ever."
– Geoff Hamilton, Paradise Gardens, 1997
Nothing takes you away from the chaotic noise of the world than gardening. When you are gardening, you are not watching the news, on social media, or being trapped in modern life. Gardening connects you to generations of gardeners who did not have all the distractions we have today. It is you, the plants, the soil, and the tools of gardening. You smell the intoxicating flowers, the greenery, and the earth.
It is a way to change your surroundings and control your universe. You can choose to create beauty in the darkest of times.
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In a Zone 9 garden, north of the Golden Gate Bridge.