Have a Seat


And photographing these seats got me thinking about the large wooded valley
they inhabit, jointly owned by about 30 Seatwoods2webfamilies living along its
crest.  Our long skinny properties stretch as far as 500 feet down to
the stream at the bottom.  When I arrived in 1985, the area you see
here was all jungle and trash, and by "trash" I mean assorted
appliances as large as refrigerators, plus tires, liquor bottles, even
mountains of construction debris dumped right into the stream.  Back in
the days before curb-side garage pick-up, dumping was rampant, no
matter that it marred what had been a pristine woodland.  So because
I’d hate be judgmental about all those white trash
trash-dumping neighbors, I wonder what I or my enlightened
present-day neighbors would do with our trash if it weren’t picked up
for us.

But I seem to have digressed horribly from my topic – the importance of seating to the enjoyment of our gardens.  Because seats aren’t just for sitting, you know.  They’re for resting, wildlife-watching, scheming, seeing the garden from different viewpoints, and in the right location, saying howdy.  As much as I love porches and decks, there’s nothing like sitting in the garden, so have a seat. End of sermon.


  1. I have such trouble with this. I’m a putterer at heart, and when I sit down in the garden I inevitably see a weed that needs to be pulled… and then a bug that needs to be inspected… a new flower to photograph… and before you know it I’m halfway through the yard. So much for sitting down!

  2. Hmm, I find that if I sit still for more than about 10 seconds, the mosquitos have time to get a good grip on me. My dream home in Houston has a screened porch with an industrial ceiling fan, so I can be in the garden, but away from the skeeters and somewhat cool.

  3. I love sitting in my garden. You see different things from a resting perspective, than from a working one. I have one corner than has several small bamboos started – and some gingers – and I’m trying to decide what kind of bench to put there. Probably something similar, a nice piece of wood between two tree stumps.

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