Carol is wondering about how gardeners evolve into calling themselves gardeners...
So, what makes a gardener?
If a person says they are a gardener, then so be it. Whether they have a geranium in the window or they have 10 acres of cultivated garden...
Do you consider yourself a gardener? How did you decide you were a gardener?
I am a gardener. I don't know it was a moment when I decided on being a gardener. Even as a kid, as other kids were chasing chipmunks in the weeds, I was identifying the groundcovers...
When is the first time you referred to yourself as a gardener? Where and how did you learn to be a gardener?
I spent some time as a child with my grandfather who was an immaculate and accomplished gardener in Brookfield, Illinois. He taught me how to composte and root fiberous begonias!
Has anyone ever introduced you to someone else as a gardener?
I did garden design in Memphis, I also won Yard of the Month in our little suburb. The mayor introduced me at the city hall as a gardener. You would have thought I had been elected President...!
When someone tells you they are a gardener, what image of them does it bring to mind? What do you expect of them?
It's funny. I expect people to look differently than they do. I imagine little older ladies with short hair to have neatly trimmed lawns and expansive rose gardens. That is rarely the case, however.
Can a gardener live where there is no place to plant anything, and still remain a gardener?
Is there such a place? My mother-in-law lives in a gated townhouse community and is not allowed to alter the landscaping. She also has emphysema. So, every year, we plan out her container garden. (I am sorry I ever introduced her to Wave Petunias. Now she won't look at anything else!)
What about horticulturists? Are they a subset of “gardeners” or a whole different group?
You know, I know a horticulturist. His yard is a jungle. Not maintained, not cared for. His birds are always in the road and you cannot see his house from the road. The Botanic Garden he is in charge of? Neat and effecient. Go figure...
Carol has a knack for getting me to think. Thanks, Carol!
Do you think that's a real church???