On My Mind: the writings of Sarah Bracey White                                                                                        

The Devil's Wife
The Eyes Tell All
The Portrait
Project Talent
Julius Rosenwald Schools
On My Genes
Happy New Year
Greetings From VT
Cloud Watching
Hearing Aids
Why I Garden
MLK Jr. Celebration Speech
Shedding the Cloak of Fiction
Women's History Month presentation
Primary Lessons
Coming appearances
Children of the Dream
Contact me
New Links

Why Do I Garden?

I garden to experience the process of growth. I love the feel of rich soil as I spread it around strong roots, then press it against those roots, anchoring them. I love settling plants straight and tall in their pots, and then watering them so that the soil will embrace their roots and dissolve the air pockets trapped around them. I love ridding plants of dead leaves and blossoms, searching for withered vines, branches, and shoots, and then removing them - certain that this will allow the plant to put all of its energy into the production of new leaves and buds.

I love waking each morning and going to see the perkiness of well-fed and watered plants and seeing how they've used the night to prepare for the morning. I love discovering new leaves and buds. During the spring transition period, I love taking my plants out into the morning sun, certain that they will use its rays to make themselves strong and beautiful.

I love that what I do with plants brings me the reward of seeing them unfold their beauty before me. I am a part of their chain of growth. Gardening makes me realize that I am just like those plants: I am fed, watered, pruned, given night-time to self cultivate and sunny days to nourish me. Like my plants, I flourish under my gardener's care.

May 1, 2016

The beginning - spring 2016