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A hike around the ranch

Yellows and greens.
Yellows and greens.

As the biocentric view suggests, the garden prospers when control is balanced by equal measures of humility and benevolence.  A balance is struck.  Control, servitude, respect, imagination, pragmatism, an ecological conscience, compliance, and a certain measure of mysticism and altruism all meld together to provide nurturance.  Try to separate various aspects into their constituent parts — grant any one of them the status of fundamental gardening definition and one soon skews the entire process.  Put them together again in the service of the two-way street called nurturance, and we express the state of grace called gardening.

~ Jim Nollman, Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place, 1994

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