Earlier this year, during a radio interview, the head of the Toronto Botanical Garden described gardening as a type of performance art. He was right, of course. That’s one of the fascinations of a garden – watching it change day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year.
Sure, you can create a space that never changes, using stone walls or pathways to maintain rigid boundaries, pruning hedges and shrubs the same way year after year. But even then, if you have trees, they will grow and conditions will change.
I, like most gardeners, like an evolving space. I enjoy the four seasons, the unexpected seedlings, moving perennials, planting bulbs, deciding whether to keep a growing shrub or prune it back or maybe even remove it.
The largest micro garden on our property is The Island. I’ve documented its changing patterns in 2017 – you can see it by clicking the tab above that says ’12 Months on an Island’ – or by clicking the link below. The Island will keep changing in 2018 and beyond and I’ll keep taking pictures of it. Hopefully my skills with a camera will also evolve!