Today, May 2nd, is the birthday of Alan Titchmarch who is one of the UK’s most celebrated TV gardeners and gardening authors. As an avid gardener myself I have great time for people who can turn an introspective pursuit into mainstream entertainment. This is a classic example of what I call #tainment as in #Edutainment, the blend of education and entertainment that makes education accessible. So Titchmarch is a proponent of #Gardentainment
There is a Chinese proverb which says : If you want to be occupied for a year get a job, for a decade get a wife, for a lifetime get a garden.
Paradise is derived from the old Iranian word for a walled enclosure, paridayda which described a royal palace enclosure or park. These might be hunting parks, or simply royal gardens. In any case just remember when you are ripping out your weeds by hand, it’s another day in paradise.
Titchmarch has been decorated many times with things pinned onto him by the Queen of England. So what does a celebrated gardener, TV presenter and author do to top off his life? He writes a book of poetry of course! His book is called “The Glorious Garden” which is a beautiful name for a book of poems.
Winter Garden; by Patrick Kavanagh No flowers are here no middle-class vanities - only the decapitated shanks of cabbages and prostrate on a miserable ridge bean-stalks.