A few questions immediately come to mind: Should he be blamed for being mistaken in
some cases and for being unaware of the environmental impacts of
gardening? Just how ignorant was the gardening world when he wrote
these examples? (Unfortunately, the book dates all the columns
collectively as 1923-1993 – what a shame.) Do we
think he’d be offering those opinions if he were writing today?
And what conventional gardening wisdom of today will be debunked within a decade or two?
And about those sacrosanct trees. These days we’re all convinced
that trees serve higher purposes, especially in our tree-deprived urban
areas, but do we support laws protecting them on private property?
As a long-time resident of the tree-hugging-est town in the East, I
know first-hand how annoying those tree laws can be and I’ve noticed
that readers are shocked at the very notion, but what’s the
alternative? And I ask that as a moderate on the subject, at
least in this ultra-left town. (Translation: I supported the recent moderation of
our tree statute, which formerly protected even invasive trash trees
like Bradford pear and mulberry, among other legislative excesses. It
took a hurricane to convince our city council to allow more weak and
sickly trees to be removed before they knock out electric service with