Shards, Sweepings, Stealings, Sayings, Secrets

Month: October, 2012

The Garden As Refuge

“Gardens are refuges. In search of replenishment we retreat to them as a safe haven. They have none of the threatening attributes to be found in more dramatic escapes: lone voyages, wilderness, deserts — or drugs. There is no need to pit your endurance against the elements, to feel challenged or to prove yourself to yourself. Gardens act as a solace and a panacea. With their innumerable qualities we use them in a variety of ways, for inspiration or freedom, for discovery or surrender.”

Mirabel Osler A Breath From Elsewhere (1997)

“Whatever it is, once started a garden holds you in its thrall. However irksome it becomes at times, who can go outside and kick a lily?”

Mirabel Osler A Gentle Plea For Chaos (1989)

Salvation And Compost

“It is easy for me to link salvation and compost. Compost has an almost mystical quality. It is made up of anything that was or is alive and is biodegradable — straw, spoiled hay, grass clippings, animal remains, manure, garbage, flesh, table scraps etc. A compost heap represents immortality. Nothing dies as such. All living things complete their cycle and return to the pool of life. There is neither beginning nor end, only the inexorable turning of the great wheel: growth, decay, death and rebirth.”

William Frank Longgood Voices From The Earth: A Year In The Life Of A Garden (1991)

The Soul Thrives In A Garden

“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: the soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.”

Thomas Moore The Re-Enchantment Of Everyday Life  (1996)