Write your garden’s mission statement
December 31, 2008
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Many of us write goals or resolutions for the new year, but have you ever considered writing your garden’s mission statement? Helen Yoest of Gardening with Confidence encourages us to do just that.
Many of us have named our garden, but I think a mission statement goes further. It forces you to think about what you are trying to accomplish with your garden, encompassing not only short and long term goals but even a broader garden philosophy, or raison d’etre, if you will.
I find the idea intriguing and am going to mull over and ponder my garden’s mission statement in the next few weeks. I think it might help give a focus to my catalog browsing and wish list making. I’ll share it once I’m satisfied that I’ve gotten it right.
I hope you’ll take up the challenge and share your garden’s mission statement as well.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013