Central Virginia Organic Gardener

"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday Lagniappe: Gardener's Glossary- NOT!

I am reading a book of garden essays (Thomas Cooper, The Roots of My Obsession) in which famous gardeners describe why they garden.  It is fun and resonates a lot with me.  And here is a word from one essay:

"Yardening": Being "driven by a desire to keep a tidy landscape or to one-up their neighbors" (Ken Druse "Island Life," p. 77, in the above book).  It is not why Druse nor I garden, but it is so true!

Happy Gardening!  Not Yardening!

1 comment:

Anita said...

We have a yardener on our street. They hire a landscaping company to plant and re-plant a very large area of flowers around their mailbox often... like about once a month. They have some sort of flat rock around it stacked into a foot high "fence" to separate the garden from the grass.

And that's only a fraction of what the landscapers do in their yard!

The rest of us have slightly given up on the yardening because we just can't compete with them. lol

I like the new word. :)