Sim­ple plea­sures

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Star Trek’s Spock said in 1966, “One can be­gin to re­shape the land­scape with a sin­gle flower”. That quote was given to me by a friend who has a par­tic­u­lar love of flow­ers. There are al­ways fresh flow­ers inside her house and out­side ev­ery win­dow there is a strate­gi­cally placed pot with colour­ful flow­er­ing an­nu­als. Her walls fea­ture paint­ings of flow­ers and she wears colour­ful flow­ery clothes. An­other notable thing about this friend is that life rarely gets her down. She al­most al­ways has a smile on her face.

Dunedin gar­dener, Sally Brown is per­haps the most de­voted flower lover I know. This is­sue, Sally joins Kate Hil­lier of The New Zealand Flower and Gar­den Show to give us some flo­ral in­spi­ra­tion (page 10) for spring. Al­though spring on its own is enough to in­spire the gar­dener in all of us.

Whether or not you are a gar­dener, con­nect­ing with na­ture is a proven tonic to­wards a healthy, happy life. If it’s not the flow­ers that lift your spir­its, it might be ma­jes­tic old trees, na­tive bush, bird­song, but­ter­flies or watch­ing food grow from seed you sowed your­self. We cel­e­brate them all this is­sue.

This spring, in the process of down­siz­ing our home, I find my­self ‘be­tween gar­dens’. I’ll not last long in the gar­den-less state. But, in the mean­time it makes me ap­pre­ci­ate just how pre­cious our street trees and pub­lic gar­dens re­ally are. Ev­ery town or city has a spe­cial place where its peo­ple can take a break to con­nect with na­ture. In Hamilton they have one of the world’s best. I got job envy when I talked to Hamilton Gar­dens’ Gus Flower (page 16). I for­got to ask him if that is his ac­tual given name!

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