Conscious Gardening 101
Petunia walks meditatively among her gardens. Well, really, they are
not my gardens, I am simply the care taker, she thinks fondly.
A mint plant shimmers in the sun, winking up at Petunia. As she
resonates with the little runaway plant, far from its original bed she had planted mint in four years ago,
she is filled with the beauty and joy at growing that the little plant has. And who ever said that plants
don't walk obviously never cared for plants through several seasons, she thinks. It always amazes Petunia
when a plant shows up, far from its parent. Nettle travelled a good ten meters under the sod and soil, to
show up in another bed. Petunia loves it when plants make themselves at home. When they feel comfortable
enough to make babies and walk around, finding the spots where they can root and grow and be
Is it really only four years now since she took over the caretaking of
this property? It's hard to imagine what her life was like before she arrived here. She considers briefly her
childhood in the city before university in the city. Except that the university had hired Prof Bolo to teach
plant and animal sciences and he had offerred oportunities of field trips out to the country. This property
is a recent purchase by the university that was made possible by an endowment as a result of some of his
After Petunia had done a season of field trips with Prof Bolo, she was
hooked to the amazing wild or cultivated world outside of the cities. What an incredible learning process
this has been for her. Mind expanding, for sure. She graduated just as the university was purchasing this
property. Prof Bolo offered her the caretaking and research management job.
The first plant study they did was of the bully plants. Petunia
chuckles to herself about how these plants feel like pets to her now. She is very fond of these amazing
beings. They grow quite comfortably in the large field Petunia has to work with. They just need space and
lots of attention and conscious interaction.
She thinks fondly of her neighbours, the elderly sisters, May and
Martha, who have shared their understanding of plant consciousness with her and given her strategies for
working with the plants.
She thinks especially fondly of May's son Robert, away for the school
year now, taking his last year in a Naturopathic course. Petunia marvels at the chances of that. Finding the
love of your life living next door to a long term employment project. Next year, when Rob sets up his
practice next door, if time holds their heart's intentions true, she looks forward to living in the
studio-guesthouse with him, giving up her little apartment in the old house on this property, as a guest
dwelling. She suspects Prof Bolo would be happy to spend more inclement weather time here, when his tent
doesn't provide sufficient shelter, and have a place to house guest lecturers.
She is amazed, how this property has developed over the last four
years, since the university aquired it. For three years, she had lived mostly by herself in the large old
farmhouse. Then, last summer, a work crew had come, converting one corner of the house into a little
apartment with it's own entrance, while the rest of the sizeable farmhouse was renovated for offices and
The newly conceived conscious gardening course that she has been asked
to teach, is taking place out here, along with various other science classes.
What is her lesson plan going to be?