„unthinking people rush to the conclusion that they can put any garden plants into any wild places.“ / ‚wood and garden‘ by gertrude jekyll

Wild gardening is a delightful, and in good hands a most desirable, pursuit, but no kind of gardening is so difficult to do well, or is so full of pitfalls and of paths of peril. Because it has in some measure become fashionable, and because it is understood to mean the planting of exotics in wild places, unthinking people rush to the conclusion that they can put any garden plants into any wild places, and that that is wild gardening. I have seen woody places that were already perfect with theit own simple charm just muddled and spoilt by a reckless planting of garden refuse, and healthy hillsides already sufficiently and beautifully clothed with native vegetation made to look lamentably silly by the planting of a nurseryman’s mixed lot of exotic Conifers.

gertrude jekyll, ‚wood and garden – notes and thoughts, practical and critical, of a working amateur‘, london, 1899

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