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THE EYE - - 9:46 AM
Set intentions and embrace, celebrate and honor the sun as the days grow longer. To feel the earth, to dig in, get dirty and ride the emotional waves of growth, abundance and loss, for not every seed planted will sprout, but oh the joy for the ones that do! How will you create your space? How do you prepare and care for what you desire? This is truly vernal.
You can let the symbolic showers of April, bring your May flowers – or hop over to Emily Thompson Flowers at The Guild and get your fix now! Better yet, sign up for the Emily Thompson Flowers workshop on April 21st! Show off your exquisite nature arrangements in voluptuous Fumihiro Tamura Vase or display your fertile bulbs in a Black Flower Plate by Yasushi Kuno. By the way, we say symbolic April showers, because, the phrase is very English and traced back across the pond to 1476 in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” prologue:
It would be remiss to speak of gardens and flowers without mentioning renown master gardener, Alan Chadwick. His theatrical background as a Shakespearean actor lent itself to the storytelling of his gardening technique, not unlike our founders Robin Standefer & Stephen Alesch with their film background, Chadwick was no stranger to 14 hours of digging 7 days a week to get a garden started. One of Chadwick’s contemporaries, Norman O. Brown, wrote, “Labor is fertility.” (He and Hannah Arendt probably would have been friends.)
And what symbolizes fertility? Eggs and rabbits! Get into the spirit with one of Marie Rose’s glorious renditions of Oeuf À La Coque at La Mercerie Café served in a Marumitsu Barnes Cocotte Egg Dish, no less!
You have to dig, in order to dig it! As the air and soil warm up, April is a good time to plant tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, beans, beets, herbs, lettuce, melon, onions, peas and peppers whether you’re growing in your urban or rural garden, you can always get dirty with us.
- by Nicole Nelch
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We hope to see you soon at the Guild, please share your stories with us!