How a British Gardening Present Bought Folks By means of the Pandemic


“I found the mix of creativity and just physical labor completely satisfactory,” said Don. “I remember making cufflinks for David Bowie. It was like the previous life wasn’t the wrong turn because it was fun, but it was a side event. And what I did was get back to my roots. I did what I was supposed to do. “

He began writing columns on gardening for newspapers, appearing on television, and publishing books, many of which focused on life in Longmeadow. A passionate but amateur gardener, Mr. Don bonded with those who shared his interest but were intimidated by a possible fixation on expertise.

In “Gardeners’ World”, Mr. Don emphasizes function, utility and sustainability. You don’t have to buy $ 200 scissors or memorize the pH, he shows us. It’s about celebrating the harmony, well-being and richness of life in gardens.

Last August, Mrs. Yeske and her husband left New York and moved to West Los Angeles, where they bought a house with a large garden. She plans to grow a garden with vegetables and flowers for the first time in her life.

“This spring I’m starting with seeds and planning a few raised beds,” she said. “I probably wouldn’t have done any of that if I hadn’t seen Gardeners’ World.”

Ms. Ramos also left her apartment during the pandemic. She and her husband moved to the suburbs of Bethesda and bought a house whose previous owner, a cook, had gardened in the back yard and even built a drip irrigation system. The outdoor space facing the garden was suddenly high on her priority list, said Ms. Ramos. She watched the casual, sometimes fiddly, way in which Mr. Don Gardens had given her the confidence to try.

“Gardeners’ World” typically begins each season with half-hour episodes before expanding to hour-long shows later. However, due to last year’s success, the network ordered hour-long shows from the start. The anticipation of the audience is high. The pandemic is still with us, the locks have not yet been lifted – and the garden beckons.

“You plant a seed and it will grow next spring. And next summer it will bloom. And maybe it will bear fruit next fall, ”said Mr Don. “This continuation of life is very powerful.”

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