when I say ‘my garden’ I mean ….

When I refer to ‘my garden’ I don’t mean that the garden belongs to me.

Legally, it does belong to me, in terms of ownership charted on a document – or more likely on a database.  But this kind of belonging and the association with possessions and then inevitably with control is not what a forest garden is about.

I would prefer to say that I belong to the garden, which brings with it connotations of cleaving to, of relationship, reciprocity and mutuality.

Instead of buying land – maybe we should marry it?

Principle: everything the forest gardener does takes full account of the whole of the forest garden ecosystem – what has happened, what is happening and what they intend for the future.

About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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1 Response to when I say ‘my garden’ I mean ….

  1. Chris McComie says:

    Lovely to share your joy in blossom. Have been doing the same with my peach, cherry, pear and apple trees on my allotment, alas a 7 minute busride away. You didn’t mention the scent!!!. How that takes me back 75 years!! Once enjoyed never forgotten, Same with lilac. Babington leeks and variegated kale doing well., some others not so well but interesting experiment nonetheless.

    hollyhocks.

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