I have been looking with considerable interest at an English gardening magazine in which appear pictures and an article about an English garden that has been maintained continuously for several hundred years. While we Americans do have a few gardens that have been maintained for long periods by reason of their historical associations, we have very few whose permanence is due to their garden interest.
Perhaps we are still too young as a people to ignore opportunity as it presents itself, or to be afflicted by nostalgia at the thought of the garden we have abandoned. No people have such a wide range of possible interests as we have, so that the appeal of a cottage garden may not be as irresistible or as important to us as it may be to others.
There is no doubt that there has been a remarkable increase in garden interest here in America. The development of private gardens and the rapid growth of garden organizations, the success of garden publications, and the increase in garden exhibitions, all give evidence of the increased interest, but the lack of permanence of so many gardens, and the interest through which they were created, should not be ignored. Is gardening here in America too difficult, too expensive, or too disappointing so that its devotees cast aside the tools of the craft, abandoning their gardens to the care of nature?
Apparently the things of nature have an appeal to most of us even though so many of its ways are still mysterious. We have an abundance of advice, of books and articles, many of them interesting even though they are largely compilations of generalities, somewhat traditional, and of very limited application. Such generalities lacking the appealing logic that should he back of them are not always of great value. We have an abundance of pictures and descriptions, but even pictures and descriptions can be misleading.
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