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Our Gardens, Filled with Hope

By Dea O'Hopp (DeaSeptember 11, 2007

And their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

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Some of you know me, many do not. Back on September 11, 2001 I was working for a large bank in NY. 20% of our entire staff lost a family member.


After racing home and unable to watch any more news, I went to the only place there was for solace – our garden. Most of the plants got watered that day and the next with an overabundance of salt….I cried buckets as I tended the gardens, not knowing what else to do.


But that’s it, eh? Our gardens contain HOPE!



It would be a year before I found Dave’s Garden via a Google search. During that year our gardens became the place that continually gave us joy as we watched new plantings – some failed and died, others thrived. That spring our entire family room was filled with racks of seedlings – vegetables, flowers – it didn’t matter. Just seeing new growth was a thrill.



Then came DG….I truly was not much of an internet person using my computer mainly for business and plant and cooking research.



Slowly I learned. Here was a group of gardeners who felt their gardens were also an oasis of hope. Some actually made their livings from gardening by being market farmers or running nurseries or a myriad of other things. People from every walk of life, people from countries all around the world; positively amazing!


I met the most incredible people; some have become so important in our lives that we still can’t believe it. They shared their knowledge and their hearts and their plants and their lives. We still can’t believe it some days.



So dear gardening friends, this is truly about the hope our gardens bring. Whether it’s personal tragedies or just life’s daily ups and downs, I thank you for sharing here at Dave’s.


We sow, we plant and truly never know what life will dish out to us at any given moment. Sometimes things pass away, but that doesn’t mean hope stops or that we can’t look forward to gardens where there won’t be any more sorrow.



I know this article is unlike most I’ve written, but sometimes it is a good and right thing to just say thanks – so Thanks to everyone at DG for keeping hope going in our gardens.


  About Dea O'Hopp  
I'm a long time DG'er, super merry wife to the greatest guy on this earth, Michael. By day, we're self employed Mortgage Bankers along with my son Andy. By evenings and weekends we're gardeners trying to get the best out of 3 acres that we can. Andy and DDIL Michelle gave us the greatest gift of all several years ago. We hope to inspire our Grandson to have the same love of gardening and cooking we do. I truly hope you'll enjoy the occasional articles I submit and most importantly have fun cooking from your garden or your local farms. Happy Gardening and Garden Cooking to all!

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