"If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; if you want to be happy for life, plant a tree." English Proverb
The therapeutic benefits of gardening are manifold; the basis of planting and nurturing is "Hope."
Hope is an anticipation of the future which is good and purposeful: a sense of the "possible."
There is an intrinsic relationship between gardening and hope. The very action of planting a seed in the soil, of nurturing and tending, then ultimately trusting in an outcome beyond our control, begins a very personal journey.
Our own choices of plants - what we include and leave out - tells us so much about ourselves. We must tend the soil and enrich it for the requirements it will be asked to yield. We must protect it from the harsher elements and be constant in our care. We must ultimately learn to be committed to its creation every step of the way - every stage, each season bringing its own rewards and beauty.
What then...? Our garden continues its cycle of growth, rest and regrowth... Sounds familiar?! Lets not forget to take a seat, rest awhile and enjoy the fruits of our labours...
"A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in - what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars." Victor Hugo - Les Miserables