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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: 69,264

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

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I need your answers here. It is very important for my report and cultural understandingimage

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    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: 17,638

    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: 388

    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 (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: 69,264

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

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 36,244

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

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • 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

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