A few weeks ago, I got an email from a long time reader who unsubscribed from the Online Gardening Courses website. She told me it wasn’t because I had messed up but rather because she was in a hospice and dying.
Understand over the years the two of us (Evie’s a serious gardener) have gone back and forth with emails and she’s helped me on several occasions with more information. In short, she was a treasured reader.
Our conversation ranged across a few things – and then we hit the “meaning of gardening” as she wrote a short note about what gardening had meant to her in her personal and professional life.
I read that, took a walk and thought about it. She had touched me profoundly with her comments. And I thought it would be a great idea if she’s share her thoughts with all of us.
So I invited her, if she felt up to it, to expand on her notes and put those rather personal thoughts on paper and I’d share them with you. She agreed to think about it and maybe do it if she could.
A few weeks went by and I wondered whether time had beaten her to the punch when a note appeared in my inbox. Attached to that note was a pdf – with pictures, her gardening history with challenges and opportunities and a wonderful summary of what gardening had meant to her in her 70 years of living.
As I promised, here it is for you to download, read and consider. (Usually – a right click and save as will download this pdf file)
I’m going to invite you to comment below – to share what gardening means to you and send a message to Evie about what you think about her note.