Monday, January 30, 2012

Complex Garden

Water drop on a leafWe have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners. We have not bothered to acquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of gardening. By neglecting our garden, we are storing up for ourselves, in the not very distant future, a world catastrophe as bad as any atomic war, and we are doing it with all the bland complacency of an idiot child chopping up a Rembrandt with a pair of scissors.

-- Gerald Durrell (1925-1995), naturalist, zookeeper, and author, Two in the Bush (1966)

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