The Potomac River from below Alexandria, Virginia, ca. 1895, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
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And change this Garden for a Paradise.
-- John Aubrey, from the epitaph for the Tradescants
Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Miriam had allowed her interest in gardening, which had gradually grown to a full-fledged hobby, to consume and define her. . . . She didn't care for clothes anymore, just equipment; knee pads, trowels, a little bench to carry about and kneel on. To pray to her god, the garden.
-- William H. Gass, from Middle C
In the novel, the main character's mother discovers her love for gardening after he gives her a stolen packet of annual seeds.
(Thanks to my Mom for this quote.)
Happy Father's Day Dad!
Enclos*ure is my online notebook about the ways we carve gardens out of the larger landscape and create places of refuge, pleasure, and imagination.
I live in Kigali, Rwanda.
No day is right for the apocalypse.
-- William Matthews, from "The Waste Carpet"
A green delight the wounded mind endears/ After the hustling world is broken off.
-- John Clare, from "Solitude"
A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!
-- Thomas Edward Brown, from "My Garden"
The walled garden, an old dying princess/From a lost country, had grown very strange. . . .
-- May Sarton, from "The Walled Garden at Clondalkin"
I have a certificate in Landscape Design from George Washington University. I’m also a State Department Foreign Service spouse and have lived and made gardens in five countries in Africa. I currently live in Kigali, Rwanda.
Contact me: email@example.com
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Wars are fought.
Dirt is a wide unruly room.
-- Sarah C. Harwell, from "Talking Back to the Mad World"