A Quote by Jim Nollman on balance, benevolence, certainty, conscience, control, ecology, garden, grace, humility, imagination, respect, separation, and service

As the biocentric view suggests, the garden prospers when control is balanced by equal measures of humility and benevolence. A balance is struck. Control, servitude, respect, imagination, pragmatism, an ecological conscience, compliance, and a certain measure of mysticism and altruism all meld together to provide nurturance. Try to separate the various aspects into their constituent parts - grant any one of them the status of fundamental gardening definition and one soon skews the entire process. Put them back together again in the service of the two-way street called nurturance, and we express the state of grace called gardening.

Jim Nollman

Source: Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place, 1994, p. 106.

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