Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Eminent Garden People
Many people (I mean Garden People, of course), are fascinated with Garden Personalities. I am amongst those that seek out information about these formidable men and women who have influenced me through their writing about gardens and gardening.
However, I sometimes wonder if this just another form of the 'personality cult' that grips contemporary society? But on further examination I feel that the fixation on distinctive personalities is more than that of a mere fan, but is an affectionate respect for a teacher and mentor.
They are opinionated and passionate and happy to spread that enthusiasm around; they give us technical information, how to prune Clematis or when to plant Galanthus, but also we learn from them an enlightened attitude towards seeing, creating and the delight in the Art and Craft of gardening, not so much of 'how to', but more the 'why?'.