I LOVE that we're finally seeing headlines like this one about couples with names like Joe and Wayne. They've been together 40 years and finally are able to get married September 1, when Vermont's new marriage equality law takes effect. Both are garden designers and writers and their 23-acre garden has been a 32-year labor of love in every way. In all that time it's caused only two disagreements, one of which involved planting a tree on a slant. "It takes a lot of courage to plant a tree crooked," says Wayne. You bet.
Adrian Higgins' story covers their garden in glorious detail and is illustrated with huge, fabulous photos. But it also covers the people, and here's two of my favorite bits:
- About their having focused on the "manic development of their own paradise" (in Higgins' words), Joe says "I think gay people have always fashioned private worlds because the public world was so unwelcoming." They've been a couple since the late '60s, after all – not a welcoming world back then.
- The three books they've written together are "deeply autobiographical books of our relationship, and gardening is the lens through which we see the account of that relationship".
And here's a transcript of their online discussion of a few hours ago.