One Green Thing: Lessons From the Garden

The pandemic has upended most of our lives, but it has also made us more aware of our environment — clean air, birds in our neighborhood, and how much we love being outdoors.  We are also appreciative more appreciative of the green spaces in and around our homes — whether it’s indoor plants, the tree outside our window, or a backyard azalea bush.  Adrian Higgins, the Gardening columnist at The Washington Post recently reflected on the lessons of those “gardens” during the pandemic.  The garden, he says, “exists in the past, the present, and most of all, in the future.  To plant a shrub, or a tree or a peony is to look forward a few years, perhaps a few decades, and provide a temporal perspective so often missing from a world made febrile by incessant stimuli.”   There are greener days ahead if we just plant the seeds now.

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