what is gardening?

Dear Gardeners! Once I have realized that the dictionaries give very boring definition of «garden». It’s  just a piece of land with trees and flowers. It’s unfair! The garden is something special, isn’t it? What’s your idea? What’s garden for you?



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,724

    Read the threads on this forum - everything you need to know about us and our gardens is already here image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • I need your answers here. It is very important for my report and cultural understandingimage

  • Mark56Mark56 Berkshire, UKPosts: 1,392

    Gardening for me is therapy for my depression & an ever active urge to help stem the reduction of bees/hedgehogs in particular. 

    Last edited: 17 February 2017 12:34:48

  • It's wonderful! it is very important to protect our nature and the world around us.

  • B3B3 Posts: 4,981

    For some gardeners it's about control of their environment for others it's about being a referee dealing with 'thugs' and 'vandals' of the natural world thus giving  plants and wildlife a chance to thrive.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • WateryWatery Posts: 387

    Here in the UK, the word garden seems to be used for any outdoor space, hence you get descriptions like "Paved garden".  In the US that wouldn't make any sense.  In the US the outdoor space attached to your house is a yard and a garden is something where you've made an effort, so "flower garden" or "vegetable garden" or "rose garden."  You may have a few "gardens" in your yard.  Even a well landscaped and large yard would be a yard and not a garden in commonspeak in US but you may have some gardens in it.  Garden seems to me (someone with a foot in both countries but have only gardened in the UK) an enclosed place with an effort to control what is grown. Not always natural.  See Andrew Marvell, A Mower Against The Gardens https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/48333 (mid to late 17th c,.) While I admire highly structured formal gardens, I don't make any effort that way myself.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,724

    A gardener is always looking forward, planning for the future  ............ in that way gardening counteracts negative and depressive thinking image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    I'm not doing your work for you fakel....gardeners have enough to do as it is.....image

  • Thank you very much for your answers. It is very interesting to know more about different culture and attitude to special sphere of life. You appreciate the nature around you and  you worry about animals and insects. it's wonderful! I'm waiting for more answersimage

  • Gardening is a way of appreciating and capturing the beauty of plants individually and in combination with other plants.  I try to visualize and facilitate good design but usually nature does it all by herself. I'm just lucky enough to be present to see sometimes a transitional moment of beauty.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,136

    gardening keeps me out of mischief. Just.image

  • Gardening is sanity, peace and the miracle of tiny seeds growing into large plants in a season.

  • what else can you say about the gardening? what do you feel when you are here? what kind of role does it play in your lives?

  • I agree with Sarah and Verdun above, it is art to me, a chance to design and make things more beautiful. I also like to create a place for wildlife in the suburbs, I try to create a balance or harmony.

    I feel excitement/anticipation and contentment and peace.

    The role it plays in my life is an escape, something to look forward to when I'm trapped inside working. 


  • What are the most important places in your gardens? Have you any symbols or symbolic things there? If yes, why? What do they mean?

  • B3B3 Posts: 4,981

    Fairygirl, I think you may have point

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Gardening? The horticultural equivalent of the punishment of Sisyphus! image

  • oh, it's the very interesting and unusual answer. I can even call it a philosophical one. Thank you very much!imageimage

  • pbffpbff Posts: 314

    A thought-provoking question, fakel!

    Each garden is, to its gardener, an individual paradise - regardless of whether it looks like a show garden or not. 

    The thing is, whatever it may look like, it is that person's creation - and he/she is free to express their creativity freely in it.

    The beauty and harmony of a garden is dependent upon the gardener and the gardener likes that feeling.

    For some, it's less about beauty and creativity and more about growing food. There is something incredibly satisfying about growing things to eat. It all starts off by planning what you're growing, then sowing seed, growing on the seedlings, planting them out, tending to them every day to get the optimum yield, protecting them against the weather, pests and diseases and  against all the odds, harvesting your produce, deciding on what recipe to incorporate it with and finally eating it. The only thing is, after you've eaten it there is that feeling of "It took me half a year to grow and only a few minutes to eat", but its satisfying all the same.

    For me, creating a garden is also the chance to create a bit of much-needed wildlife habitat. It pleases me to be able to share my own little heaven with the bees and all the other creatures. They make the garden feel full of life and add their dimension of sound and colour too. The hum of the bees foraging amongst the flowers on a summer's evening, the blackbird's rain song, birds flitting in the tree tops, butterflies perched  delicately over the flowers like Christmas decorations... I could go on!

    Then, there's the magic of watching the first seedlings of the year germinate. It doesn't matter how many years you've been growing for, it's just so special.

    I am at my happiest when in my garden and I think it has a lot to do with being a part of it. When you tend a garden, you become integrated with it. You are not just a spectator, admiring the play. You have a role in it yourself and see it from the inside.

    You can live a stressful, busy life and have no time to go anywhere or do different things, but you can come home and spend a few moments in the garden, even if it is only a patio or a balcony with some pots on, and unwind a bit.

    You always seem to be able to make some time for a plant. Perhaps because it depends upon you. And in making time for a plant, you make time for yourself as well.

    "I haven't much time to be fond of anything...but when I have a moment's fondness to bestow, most times...the roses get it." - Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone.

    Gardening is valuable in teaching life lessons too, especially to children. Yes, a garden can showcase success and happy moments, but also failures and disappointments. A garden can illustrate that such failures are not the end of the world - yes those seedlings may have been growing well after taking ages to germinate and now they've all damped off, but never mind, you'll either just sow some more or grow something else instead.

    Gardening and the appreciation of plants in general brings people together too. Take this forum for example. If we didn't garden, we wouldn't be sharing our views right now, would we?

    I could go on and on... how gardening can improve our physical, mental and emotional health, the success stories of people turning their lives around after tending prison gardens... the list of what gardens do for us is pretty much endless, I should say.

    These words of Sir Thomas More summarise my somewhat rambling dialogue better than I can, I think:

    "The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden." 

    I know that I couldn't be without one, that's for sure!


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