In an article entitled “The Great Grid” (published in Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates), Lesley Stern writes this wonderful line:
“A garden, any garden, is also a place where you can make another country; it is a place of irrationality, an imaginary place.”
Gardens, especially orchard gardens, indeed can be places apart. They are both real and present, providing food, beauty and comfort. But they also exist in the realm of the imagination, carrying us beyond the here-and-now. To step into a garden is to be transported to a place of desire fulfilled. Work, hunger, pursuit of security all drive the being of the garden. But in its fullness – that is, in our imaginations at least – it offers us our very own spectacular Eden.
May all your gardens blossom; and may your eating be full.
By the way, now is the time to start planning and preparing for spring planting. Enjoy!