Millennials in the garden

According to this article in The Telegraph, Monty Don, an English horticulturist and TV host say's we shouldn't waste our time trying to convince Millennials into the garden. According to Don, "I think we put far too much interest in trying to get ten to 20 year olds interested in gardening. I think you should do everything you can to try and get them interested up to the age of 10.” 

I agree. No one pushed me into horticulture, or the garden. My interest developed on it's own without any encouragement from the trade. As Don say's, "When you’re 15 whatever your parents tell you you should do, you’re not going to do it. Any self respecting 15-year-old [will rebel] and so they should."

"I think much better to make sure they have access to it up to the age of 10 and of course don’t take it away at that point, and just let them come.”

The marketing attempts from most of the trade organizations geared towards millennials fall on deaf ears. Millennials will migrate to the garden on their own, if they choose. Likely it will be the realization that in the garden the hope for our future rests. Not with new technology, new media, or slick ad campaigns, but in the garden where one can make a difference that is real and dynamic. Horticulture is the future, and millennials will realize that when they do. 

Gordon Onslow Ford

Gordon Onslow Ford was born on this day, December 26, 1912, in Wendover, UK. One of the last of the surrealist painters from the 1930's, his artwork expresses his ideas concerning with the inner world of the mind. According to Ford, "the primary purpose of life is to achieve a growth of consciousness. It follows that the principle aim of art is to see the world anew." 

Ford's work is of a type that is quickly recognized by those who have taken these interior journeys of the mind. The piece pictured, "Without Bounds" speaks to this with flowing, vivid colors, and geometric boundaries placed within. 

Gordon Onslow Ford Without Bounds 1939

Gordon Onslow Ford
Without Bounds

Ford eventually moved to northern California in 1947 where he, artist Jean Varda, and architect Forest Wright bought the old ferry "Vallejo" docked in Sausalito. It was restored by the three and it soon became the salon of choice for the Bay Area art scene. It was Ford's share of this boat that Philosopher Alan Watts and poet Elsa Gidlow eventually bought for The Society For Comparative Philosophy ( 1962- 1984). It was here that the gathering known as the "Houseboat Summit" took place which featured Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, Gary Snyder and Alan Watts discussing LSD, and other life style issues. This famous discussion can be found in the counterculture magazine the San Francisco Oracle. 


More information on Ford can be found at his website:

A Magical Christmas

Father Christmas is out and about! It appears he has the help of some diminutive elves, who's small size seems compensated for by their large numbers. It's going to be a long night, but somehow they still manage to visit everyone who believes in the magic of the season.

Merry Christmas!

Father Christmas, 1907. From Arthur Rackham’s Book Of Pictures (1913)