When talking with clients about a project, I often make it clear that I’m a gardener, not a landscaper. But then they always want to know the difference. I usually quip, A landscaper works in a landscape; a gardener works in a garden. That quip requires some followup to define the difference between a landscape and a garden.
I think of a landscape as a perfectly placed design; one that remains stagnate most of the year. A garden is ever-changing. While both can be of good design, a garden is like a playground, a place where there is action and interaction most days. A landscape is like an underused formal living room–nice to look at, but little spent in there.
You know you garden if….
You’re done for today, but tomorrow starts a new gardening day.
Bed beds are made for sleeping, garden beds are made for reaping.
There are chairs in your garden, but you never sit in them.
You top-dress you beds with composted leaf mulch–a mulch to add nutrients to the garden beds, not something to make it look pretty.
Your vacations are centered around gardening with other like-minded gardeners.
When you are out of town, you miss your garden.
When you are out of town, you call home to see if it rained.
It’s nothing to hold a plant in your lap on a 6 hour ride home.
You name each garden bed like you would your children.
When you wake up in the morning to can’t wait to see if something new is blooming.
You want to be the first on your block with a new hybrid…and it’s not a car.
You start you day reading about other people’s gardens.
You learn the difference between good bugs and bad bugs.
A mow, blow, go business has no business in your garden.
You come home with a plant (or three) with no idea where you’re going to plant it, but you always find a home for it.
You marvel at the details of color and happy accidents.
You know the back roads to every garden center in a 50 mile radius.
You are on a list serve to receive a message that a particular nursery just stocked up.
You plan plant buying outings with friends. (Each has a guarded list, lest you get to her plant first.)
You are a member of at least 3 garden clubs.
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