Monday, June 8, 2015

Some Apt Thoughts on Gardening

A few days ago, The New York Times' style supplement ran a short but lovely piece on what it means to garden by the Italian writer and gardener Umberto Pasti:

Gardener, to Thine Own Self Be True

I find myself agreeing with much of what Pasti opines in the essay, and it comes accompanied by some very pretty pictures of his garden in Tangier, Morocco, which has previously been featured here and there in other publications. Here, for instance, is a short video from Veranda of Pasti discussing his garden, with plenty of footage of the place itself:

Umberto Pasti's Garden

On our spring break trip to France in March I also bought the French edition of Pasti's collection of essays on gardens and gardening entitled Jardins, les vrais et les autres at La Librerie du Jardin des Tuileries, which is a bookshop entirely devoted to gardening literature smack in the middle of one of the most touristy parts of Paris. Even with my limited French skills it is a very fun read, and it was nice to support a book shop that caters so specifically to one's interests.

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