To let plants identify me…



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


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


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

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