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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
― Anaïs Nin

As the end of summer draws near, we relish even more the lush, overgrown clusters of nature that make up our parks, neighborhoods, streets, and gardens. If we take Burnett’s advice, we begin to see the world for what it actually is: a seasonal ebb and flow of prospering and retreating. Gardens guide our attention to the cyclic force of becoming and dying . They are a symbol of impermanence, of endless transitions, states, colors, flavors, and forms.  Think of a tomato plant: starting as a seed, beginning to grow its leaves, producing a flower, blooming into a tomato, and eventually ripening to its fullest expression. Anais Nin wrote, “Life is…

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