I want to build culture away from supermarkets and consumerism and into gardens, forests and streams.
I want to layer and texture and thicken our connection to place. I want you to fall in love with where you live. And if where you live feels a bit drab or unexciting, I urge you to start a garden.
For every birthday and all other occasions ask for a garden. Your own garden, a community garden, or a gorilla garden (a garden in a public space where you begin to plant because the space is obviously neglected and unloved).
I really love gardens and I really love the experiences that come from them. Getting to know plants and making them your friend. Calling out to them by name.
As I was travelling with a friend deep in conversation recently we both noticed with an abrupt turn of our heads, a shining orange Azalea cloaked in a lush garden of green. We pulled over to ask…’what is the name of that shrub?’…now we know…
Back in the car we traveled further, you and I, and we decided that even though we were tired we would stop at Hepburn Wholefoods because the lilac shrub there was in flower and we wanted to make lilac cordial. We were tired but not too tired to forage and to make lilac cordial.