Another writer’s take on why gardening is so great – it makes us ‘better’ people! Not better than others (!!!), but enables us to become more than we were – to experience life more positively – in a fuller and more open way..
Particularly beneficial and uplifting to people who have a history of feeling crushed by ‘life’….
Anyways, this article talks about gardening improving the lives of ‘bad lads/lasses’ and I believe the worker describes the achievements and outcomes in a most inspiring way…
“People in authority sometimes claimed that I bribed my ‘wards’ and that I must be doing something illegal. They couldn’t understand how it was that these hoodlums could learn the scientific names of hundreds of plants, that they actually learned to love to read, to love to garden. But I didn’t bribe the boys; I just set up a garden with a healing atmosphere and then let it work its wonders.
The right garden is a magical place. Plants are not judgmental. You take good care of them and they thrive. In the garden our minds are free to wander, to daydream, to relax. Good things happen in good gardens”