By Tony Sissons
Sisley Garden Tours
The human race has always relied on the wonderful flora of the world. It provides our food, our medicines, and many raw materials and generally aids our well-being. With plants we can be active according to our means and inclination, from raising mustard & cress from seed on a damp cloth to managing a large estate.
Gardens and gardening have diverse appeal; the art of garden design, the search for and nurture of interesting plants, the skill of garden photography and garden art, the fascinating study of garden history, the gastronomic satisfaction of home-grown vegetables, all give scope for involvement.
Be you young or old, rich or poor, boy or girl, this multifaceted hobby may be enjoyed whatever your knowledge and the best way to learn is by participation. There are probably more books on gardening in which to browse than on any other subject.
Much may be gained also by visiting the accomplished gardens of others, and talking to their owners and custodians. In garden tourism since 1993, I know from experience that you can be swept along by the enthusiasm of those who nurture their own pieces of paradise.
Gardening is probably the greenest and the most sociable of all hobbies. Plants capture carbon. Composting turns garden and kitchen vegetable waste into plant food. Gardening involves exercise and a sense of purpose. Gardening brings people together to swap plants, knowledge and experience. Gardening is a natural hobby.
Copyright Sisley Garden Tours
26 February 2008