Vintage landscape: garden of the mind

Young mother in squatter camp dreams of a garden, Sept. 1939, by Dorothea Lange, via Library of Congress“Young mother, twenty-five, says, ‘Next year we’ll be painted and have a lawn and flowers,’ rural shacktown, near Klamath Falls, Oregon,” September 1939.

Photo and caption by Dorothea Lange for the U.S. Farm Security Administration, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

‘Established’ is a good word, much used in garden books,
‘The plant, when established’. . .
Oh, become established quickly, quickly, garden!
For I am fugitive, I am very fugitive —

Mary Ursula Bethell, from “Time

7 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: garden of the mind

  1. When I worked in the Fine Art world of photography, Dorothea Lange’s photos of the Great Depression haunted me. I have never before seen her image you posted, but I instantly knew it was hers. She had a knack for portraying the hardships of women that is unmistakable. The pathos is palatable

  2. I wonder what she meant by ‘lawn’. Was it a mono-culture? Was it a seed mix?

    Fully understand the need to trap the dirt/dust/mud from her home & sanity.

    Even in this quick picture and quote there are so many ways to not understand what is clearly meant.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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