A garden is a public service and having one a public duty. It is a man's contribution to the community.
- Richardson Wright, Truly Rural, 1922 -
Today I went to The Secret Garden to see how things are faring since we were there on Saturday.
Are you sick of garbage yet?
Yeh, me, too. Unfortunately, it is a part of my life anytime I step outside the house.
The good news is I only had to pick up a grocery bag's worth.
It's easy sometimes to get discouraged when gardening in a public space. My friend, Rene, made these beautiful hanging decorations for the shed that we hung up a couple of months ago.
Unfortunately, those dangling decorations became too much for someone's hands to resist.
And more recently, one of the crocheted bench backs was burned off by boys who smoke.
But I have to admit, that almost every single time I am at the garden, I have a positive encounter with a stranger. Someone who comes over and asks questions because they are curious about what I'm doing. Today two separate ladies stopped to talk with me. We had great conversations and they were very grateful and encouraging. It is those types of interactions that affirm my belief that we truly are making a difference out there, little by little.
The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world.
- Charles Dudley Warner -