The Power Of Gardening

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By John Hubbuch

I took my morning constitutional by looping Columbus Park yesterday. The unusual warmth of Tuesday and Wednesday seemed to be the catalyst for an explosion of color. Everywhere I looked I saw purple, red, yellow, pink --- all the  hues of God's crayon box. There were almost as many shades of green as there were trees.        

On my journey I saw a number of people taking advantage of the warm weather by doing some gardening. I had never thought much about or done any  gardening, but all of the gardeners I passed seemed pretty happy. Gaedening is good for the mind, body and spirit. You burn calories pulling weeds and toting crates of flowers. Planning a garden and deciding what to plant and where causes one to use his or her brain. And I would think that planting flowers in the dirt is about as connected as you can be with the natural world. Talk about getting back to basics.                 

Gardening is unusual in that it is an activity the gardener derives pleasure from as do those who view the beautiful results of the activity. I know that my walk was enhanced by the many blooming yards I saw. Public art. And  gardening is  a lot less expensive than golf.                 

So maybe the next time my wife is  digging in the yard,  I'll ask her if I can help. I just hope I won't have to call the ambulance. 


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Susan Swatek from Poland  

Posted: May 9th, 2013 5:00 AM

There is a saying: When society fails, there is always the garden. Garden therapy is also used in some prison systems to the benefit of its inmates. Roots baby, roots.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 10:12 AM

John, if you had told me 10-12 years ago that I'd take up gardening I'd have disputed the notion. Now, with Mary's central role in planning, I find gardening enormously satisfying, relaxing and calming. There is something about digging in the warm earth and then watching what it pushes up that is wondrous.

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