“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”
—Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
The earth need not only be cultivated on country estates or the yards of suburbia; in small city spaces too the earth can be coaxed to bring forth its beauty and its bounty.
The best part about Greenwich Village is its quirky character, which comes from the quirky characters that live here. Much like the silhouetted figures with their watering cans that I highlighted in a June 2nd post, today’s find is a yet another testament to the glorious creative human spirit.
I came across another quirky example this morning. I was on West 10th Street, near Seventh Avenue South. This spot is passed as part of the Greenwich Village Walking Tour. Sitting on the sidewalk was an adorable townhouse the size of a doll’s house. The dolls had filled their third-floor terrace and ground floor planters with doll-sized plants. What a delightful sight this was; it brought a smile to my face then and there. Its memory kept me smiling through the day.
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” —Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)
Much love and care and attention went into this sweet townhouse and its garden.
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
—Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC–43 BC)
“We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the Garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.” —Voltaire (1694–1778)
“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.” —Lord Francis Bacon (1516–1626)