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Gardener's Question Time

Do we try too hard to tame the wilderness of our gardens? Do our places of sanctuary
have too many rules? Environmental storyteller Gordon MacLellan thinks our gardens
can offer generous answers for the unlikely refugees who visit

Gardener's Question Time

WHAT IS A GARDEN? A small
corner of peace and quiet? A
welcome burst of colour? An
obligation? A challenge? A delight? Is it a
small piece of a wilder, wider world,
brought under our control?
A bit of that wilder world
that is ours? Being
realistic, our
relationships with gardens
are fragile: we’re not really in control.
What we plan for is not necessarily what
happens. And what does happen is not
always quite what we would have wanted.
That uncertainty might be part of a
garden’s charm. Perhaps ‘to garden’ is to
find a way of working gracefully with the
lives of the plants and animals around us.
I’m a storyteller. A lot of my work involves
gently digging up the themes of stories
that grow around us now, or which grew
long ago and gave us the folktales, myths
and legends we share today. When we peel

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