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Reinvention With Mother Nature

We can learn some of life's major lessons in our gardens. For example, we learn the inevitability of change as nothing is ever static in nature.

A big pink flower.

Photo: Leefotos (Flickr)

Gardens provide us with many concrete examples of how change and opportunity are intertwined.

We can learn some of life’s major lessons in our gardens. For example, we learn the inevitability of change as nothing is ever static in nature.

We start out as hopeful new gardeners, convinced that if we work hard enough our gardens will bend to our will and eventually be perfect and remain that way. Gradually though, we come to realize that the real joy of gardening lies not in our achievements but in the process of working toward them.

A Guiding Force… Mother Nature

Mother Nature is our senior partner in the garden. Our goals are over ridden by her’s, time and time again. As we garden, she helps us learn about both the cyclical and unpredictable aspects in gardening, and the redemptive power of reinvention.

Our gardens go through different seasons and reincarnations in their life span, just as we do. In fact, what is happening in our lives and our life stage is often reflected in our gardens.

Starting A New

However, our gardens, like our lives, are usually collaborative projects, reflecting contributions of many people across the years. And if we lose a tree and are sad, we can take comfort in the process of reinventing the space in new ways. Gardens provide us with many concrete examples of how change and opportunity are intertwined.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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  • Rita Barsun

    Dear Moya, thank you for the Reinvention segment of Focus on Flowers. It helped me not only with how I must view my garden but also how I must view life. I have printed a copy of your words, thanks to the WFIU site, to take to my mother tomorrow. Her life changed dramatically three years ago when she fell, broke two vertebrae, and had to move to an apartment–after 90 years in a steel town in western Pennsylvania. Although she sometimes calls herself “a displaced person,” she is doing her best to adapt and accept.

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