I recently read that many gardeners don't consider themselves 'real gardeners' and it got me thinking about why that would be? We know lots of gardeners who feel very confident and accomplished as gardeners and so they should; but what about the others? As I reflect on this, I remember that I have often heard, I'm not a real gardener or I'm not really a gardener. But we are gardeners, we are all gardeners and we are real gardeners. It doesn't mean you need to know everything about gardening, none of us do. It simply means you enjoy growing things. It could be edibles, or flowers, or house plants or all of those. Pick your passion big or small but know that you belong here and we are grateful for you.
Personally, I've also been grateful that gardening is a worthy past time. One that you can hone your skills for a lifetime and still stand in awe when nature teaches you something new. Our gardens can help us unwind and disconnect in the best way. Teaching children to garden might give them a great experience but it also plants a seed for when they grow up and need to find their own worthy space to unwind and disconnect.
Getting in touch with nature and caring for your space on the planet has always been important but I think we'd all agree when we know better, we do better. So let's learn more and embrace our inner gardener whatever that means to you and go forth with confidence. After all, we can all be gardeners ~ it's in us to grow!
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