You can create whatever man-made environment you want – just as you can build false societies.
But these artificial landscapes require strict restraints, constant oversight, and continuous, often heavy-handed, feeding to maintain control. Without it, they eventually return to their natural state – often in bullying or survival-of-the-fittest ways.
Natural gardens spring from what was always intended to be there.
True to their nature, they find paths of peaceful coexistence and mutual cooperation.
And they thrive.
Their success supports future generations of flora as well as fauna – the critters that depend on their good stewardship for food and shelter.
The natural garden is built on true foundations of sun, water, and earth.
A healthy society is built on foundations of mutual respect, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
The choice is ours.
What kind of garden do you want to live in?
11 thoughts on “Choose Your Garden”
As I proud naturalized citizen, I wouldn’t dream to miss out on this important privilege! Thanks for making this point in such a beautiful way.
That is so cool! Thank you!!
Thanks, Audrey…beautiful message and much appreciated! Eileen
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So very true! I WILL be voting tomorrow. (South Carolina is one of those states that does not allow early voting. But I won’t go there.) I – like so many others – am tired of the way bigotry, hatred, fear, corruption, etc., have permeated our government, at ALL levels. I am old enough to remember when politicians from both sides of the aisle worked together to find common ground on issues that needed fixing or healing. Those who are no longer willing to do so need to lose their jobs, and to be replaced by those with open minds!
Great message. In this season of increasing noise it is comforting to know the best way to get my voice heard above the din is by voting. At the end of the day, it’s the one thing that really makes a statement everyone will hear.
Sent in the absentee ballot last week. Wanted my vote to count.
Great analogy. 😊 As for the flora and fauna, have you read Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home? Great book.
A wonderful post in so many ways and so beautifully illustrated. Responsible stewardship works at many levels in our lives.
Indeed! Thanks, Lynn.
My garden is also like the 10th photo, with many fruit trees and some animals like rabbits, porcupines and lots of squirrels.
In the morning, it’s like a different world with flowers and fruits. To make the garden more beautiful at night, recently I planted some night blooming jasmines and kadupul plants.Thanks for your beautiful photos. Love them a lot.
Thank you! I loved your piece on leaf mold. We use it all the time to lighten our clay soil. Brown gold!!