This came to us by way of the Old House Gardens newsletter, which is well worth subscribing to:
I’m tired of hearing so much about maintenance-free gardens. If you aren’t going to get out there and live with it, including take care of it, then what’s the point of gardening anyway?
–Pamela Lord (American garden writer, founder of the Garden Book Club)
Pamela, we here at GardenRant could not agree more. "Garden" is a verb. It’s a thing you do. It’s the relationship you have with the plant kingdom where you live. A garden is something you have to get tangled up in and hack away at.
A no-maintenance car? Fine. A no-maintenance haircut? Yeah, that’s not a bad idea. But a no-maintenance garden? That’s just window dressing. We’ll pass.