To let plants identify me…

[LUCAS]:

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Grant, the facilities manager at Sydney College of the Arts, dug up this historical image of the very site of Tending. It’s amazing to think that it once was a thriving lush garden!

And so it will be again!

Along similar, inspirational lines – Lisa, one of Tending’s regulars and my Petersham gardening comrade, sent through the following message:

hey Lucas I was reading these beautiful gathas – kind of short buddhist-y mindfulness prayers – by Robert Aitken this morning, and they put me in mind of your jumble of passions right now…

Preparing the garden for seeds
I vow with all beings
to nurture the soil to be fertile
each spring for the next thousand years

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With tropical forests in danger
I vow with all beings
to raise hell with the people responsible
and slash my consumption of trees

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Watching gardeners label their plants
I vow with all beings
to practice the old horticulture
and let plants identify me

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