What a word. Shelter can be as grand as a palace or as prosaic as a cardboard box. It can be a forest or a flower; a wall or an idea; a simple human touch or an entire community. A garden, nearly always, is a shelter both physical and metaphysical. Take refuge with us as we ponder what it means to create a place to be at home, for ourselves and others.

I spent the last month away from my home, my refuge on the river. A holiday. Something I had not experienced for a long while. What a treat it was. What a luxury it is to travel safely and comfortably around this very incredible planet. It was wonderful, and restful and mind-expanding as travel always is, and I’m feeling super excited and and inspired as we dig into the second half of 2019.

Our content last month slowed down as a result of my break, but this month we’re back to full speed as usual, and we have a wonderful line up of people, places and ideas to share. To begin, here’s some words by a hero of mine. Someone whose writings have offered my thoughts and feelings much shelter, Wendell Berry.

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”

Happy growing,

Georgina Reid