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There's More To Gardening Than Just Planting A Bunch Of Flowers

Feb 9, 2008
Yes, in fact it is. Fine gardening can mean different things to different people but to me it's more than just a bunch of plants growing in a garden. It includes everything about gardening, combining it all into a garden that meets all your expectations.

My love of gardening does just come from the finished product, but from the hours of love that I spend planning and designing it - from the moment an idea comes to me to the pleasure of seeing it come to fruition. Anyone who steps into view of my garden should gain an appreciation for the art in it, not just the size or shape of the plants. It should be a place that is peaceful and calm, where people can enjoy spending their time.

A water feature - something that produces a soothing sound continuously - is a must for me. A nice lotus or water lily for some color, and maybe even a few fish. Some ferns and leafy plants around the pond, and this oasis is complete.

Under ideal circumstances a big tree sits in the corner of the garden, with a nice dark brown trunk just a little to big to get my arms all the way around. The green leaves and branches spill down to the ground with a satisfyingly controlled chaos. But a few saplings may have to do, with the knowledge they will one day be the trees I want.

Green is the target color, so a luscious lawn surrounds the garden itself.

I love the idea of a Zen garden, but prefer colors and lots of plants, so I would incorporate this feature into my fine gardening efforts by placing a path, naturally made out of rough hewn stone, zigzagging in a leisurely course through the garden.

And to finish it all off I'd have a little alcove, unseen from afar, that afforded the curious visitor a wide-angled view of the whole garden, with a sun shade, and a low-lying bench with a few plump cushions strewn carelessly about, and all of it surrounded by a profusion of welcoming flowers.

In the distance, several large rocks will break up the greenery, surrounded by a few flowers for color.

In the midst of all this natural splendor I'll walk through the garden, feeling the satisfaction and peace that comes from a job well done.
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