What great responses to the question…thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. Gardening for me is a mix of so many pleasures. The creative pleasure of planning a space and seeing the living canvas grow; the pleasure of nurturing something so fragile as a seedling and seeing it develop into a mature plant; the pleasure of escape from the daily stress of life; the pleasure of feeling and smelling good, healthy dirt in my hands; the pleasure of sharing my gardens with others – allowing them to cut some flowers for their own home or sharing the late summer bounty of vegetables.
As I was growing up I hated gardening. I was knighted as the head ‘weed puller’ and it was a task I didn’t enjoy. Gardening almost seemed like a punishment of some sort. At that young age I could think of a million other things I wanted to do! In the early 90’s, I was inspired to try again and I did all I could to learn more and more about being a successful gardener. Now, I can’t imagine NOT gardening. It’s just a part of me.