I am married to a gardener so I have visited gardens, learned the Latin names of several trees and shrubs, and am beginning to understand some of the rationale behind successful garden design principles. But I have never been compelled to prune a tree for fun or plant shrubs in my spare time, as a true gardener would. As a busy mother and grandmother, however, I realize that, even though I am not a gardener, I desperately need daily contact with the natural beauty and refreshment a garden provides. I need a place where I can still my often-anxious soul and my congestion-and-commercial weary eyes. For me, our garden has become a place of rest.

Gratefully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener’s wife (& beneficiary of garden rest)