Quote for Today: Michael Pollan


February 22, 2016 by katmcdaniel

In the same way that the picturesque designers were always careful to include some reminder of our mortality in their gardens — a ruin, sometimes even a dead tree — the act of leaving parts of the garden untended, and calling attention to its margins, seems to undermine any pretense to perfect power or wisdom on the part of the gardener. The margins of our gardens can be tropes too, but figures of irony rather than transcendence — antidotes, in fact, to our hubris. It may be in the margins of our gardens that we can discover fresh ways to bring our aesthetics and our ethics about the land into some meaningful alignment.

Michael PollanSecond Nature: A Gardener’s Education
Image: Giardino di Ninfa © Efghilmno with CCLicense

5 thoughts on “Quote for Today: Michael Pollan

  1. Morgan says:

    Beautiful place and wonderful thought 🙂

  2. divamover says:

    Now you’ve got me thinking about lots of liminal spaces: “transition zones” that are not boundaries so much as the necessary fluid chaos that allows order to be experienced. When you recognize the liminal, it’s an easy next step to the sub-liminal, super-liminal, extra-liminal. . .
    (Gonna go riff now!)

    • katmcdaniel says:

      Riff away! We have plenty of transitional areas that aren’t boundaries… and we can plant some for later if we are running low. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Experiencing the world through the arts and creativity.

Our current theme is perseverance.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,316 other followers

Fractured Atlas Member

SYNKRONICITI is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of SYNKRONICITI must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donate online here.
%d bloggers like this: