NPR’s Ketzel Levine delivered a sobering report on soldiers tending gardens in a war zone. She interviewed Kenneth Helphand, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon, who wrote a book called Defiant Gardens about gardens on the front. Japanese gardeners in West Coast internment camps, Nazi concentration camp victims, and soldiers in foxholes all plant gardens–some loaded with cabbages and potatoes, others filled with flowers, and a few–such as this Army soldier in Iraq–just planted a little strip of grass and trimmed it with scissors.
Yeah, I’d rather be mowing the grass, too.
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