An activity with no results?

by AnneWareham on November 16, 2012

I’ve just been wandering round the discovery engine sites. StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit – that sort of thing. It is a new term to me too, but they are a kind of filter to web articles you might be interested in. Like this one.

In order to focus your selections they offer categories which people can put interesting articles (like this one) in.

And you will find gardening but never gardens. A bit odd. All that activity but no result. Nothing that anyone might be interested in going to visit. As if there was only novel writing but never a novel, or painting but never a picture or anywhere to see one.

It sums up the place of gardens in our culture, sadly. When you think what they can offer – an immersion in beauty, sight, sound, light, weather, texture and feeling – you might think they would be wonderful places and destinations for visits from all those interested in art and culture and sheer pleasure. But there we are, in our little plant obsessed ghetto, cut off from the world, gardening.

Anne Wareham

Vitis coignetiae at Veddw, Monmoutshire, South Wales Garden, copyright Anne Wareham

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Jane Nadel-Klein February 18, 2013 at 12:44 am

Sort of like the garden pictures that show only individual plants, not gardens – a particular vice of American garden magazines.

Love your book, by the way.

AnneWareham February 18, 2013 at 10:04 am

Thank you re the book = kind! And UK garden magazines do just as much of the individual plants and flowers (people do like them..) but if you asked me for a picture of Veddw and I sent a picture of a rose you might feel short changed.
Unless we were a rose garden, I suppose!