There's something about gardening that brings people together. It doesn't matter what the age or socioeconomic level, when a gardener is in the garden with another gardener nothing else matters. The beauty of a garden can be celebrated by sharing it with someone else. This may be by taking a simple walk together and looking at green growth and blossoms. Or it may involve giving away cut flowers or an extra plant or two. For those who grow herbs, tucking a sprig of sage, lavender, or thyme in an envelope with a card or letter is a great way of sharing your garden with someone far away. Inviting someone to lunch or dinner of your garden greens, thoughtfully prepared in your kitchen is a great way of sharing. Garden gifts in the form of bouquets, potted plants, or edibles make a wonderful contribution to a homeless shelter, church group, or food bank. There are so many ways to share! And gardeners are a very generous lot.
Garden sharing can also be a joint effort. Sometimes I buy tea roses in pairs, giving one to a friend and keeping one for my own garden. Although these roses all have their own official names, I always create a new and personal one for each as well. These names are a combination of my friend's name and my own. The LaGwen Rose in peachy perfection, or the LaKay Rose in deep red are subjects fun to discuss when we talk together. Friends and family have shared their garden abundance with me, and I appreciate these efforts so much. Right now the lilac hedge row is in an abundance of lavender and purple; plants that were started from starts that my mother-in-law gave to me. The snowball tree was a start from Karleen. And the pretty miniature irises were starts from my mom's garden. Each blossom reminds me of them and the beautiful characters their acts of kindness represent.
What ways have you been blessed by garden sharing? I'd love to hear your story! Please leave a comment and tell how you share from your garden, or how others share with you.
*Garden ornament shared with me from mom's garden. It just gets better and better with age.*