Page 3, 10th April 1953

10th April 1953
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Page 3, 10th April 1953 — GARDENING

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.1ONCE knew/ someone who, anxious to throw a house-warming party, hired seven landscape gardeners to put her recently-acquired garden in order. The effect was magnificent-but it was not gardening.

It is, as a rule, the poor man who gets the greatest joy out of his garden, the one who has to plan what he can spend, who sees his garden first in his mind's eye and then labours to bring it to life. And the new freedom of building has given fresh impetus to this creative urge. No matter how small the plot, it has possibilities. All with a little planning. And, as with all plans, it is wise to start at the lowest rung of the ladder-in this ease with paths.

Make good ones: paths that will please the eye as well as take you and your wheelbarrow where you want to go. They are as important in a small garden as in a large one-more so, if anything. A small, awkwardly-shaped plot completely grassed over except for its flower beds can have flagged paths across it that not only look attractive but have the advantage of drying almost immediately after rain. There are so many different kinds Jf path and so much that a little inventiveness can do with them except, perhaps, with gravel ones, things to avoid in any case for their predisposition to weeds.

Keep a weather eye open for paths in the gardens that you visit; they will repay study. I. H.

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