What is a Garden? (3)

It’s Thursday again and I should like to continue offering different perspectives on the question: What is a Garden?

Here is yet another quotation from my eBook Guess What’s in my Garden!

“A garden is a multi-discipline scientific laboratory for exploration and discovery. A garden is a chemistry laboratory in which we investigate soil pH, NPK, trace elements, carbon dioxide, oxygen, fertilizer, and compost creation. A garden is a hydrology laboratory in which we experiment with drainage, berms, swales, water retention, percolation rates, fountains, ponds, and streams. A garden is a biology laboratory where we examine animals, birds, insects, microbes, and creepy-crawlies. A garden is a botany laboratory in which we study propagation, roots, pollen, seeds, stems, buds and leaves. A garden is a physics laboratory concerned with osmosis, capillary action, and photosynthesis. A garden is an ecology laboratory that examines seasons, temperature, pollinators, and predators.”

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How many different but complementary ways do you look at your garden?

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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8 Responses to What is a Garden? (3)

  1. Christina says:

    I like this definition, makes us all think.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Christina. That was my intention all along. There are so many ways to “look” at a garden, and in truth all are involved simultaneously.


  3. Cathy says:

    Defining what a garden is seems tricky, as we all have different ideas, but yes, this comes pretty close. A space for experimenting and learning without fear of failure. 🙂

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  4. colonialist says:

    A garden is a challenge for the mind,
    Wherein artistic outlets one may find,
    Plus exercising of the manual kind
    Allowing one to totally unwind,


  5. johnvic8 says:

    My goodness. Now we have a gardening poet. Very nice and thoughtful. Thanks.


  6. Other than an interest in wildlife, the science of gardening is not where the thrill is for me…but this is certainly a thought-provoking perspective.


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