The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Wednesday, March 03, 2004
More on Gardens

"GOD ALMIGHTY first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks; and a man shall ever see that when ages grow to civility and elegancy, men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely; as if gardening were the greater perfection. "

--Francis Bacon, in On Gardens

"One of Moore's favorite metaphors is "gardening the earth." He's all for setting aside land as wilderness, but the rest we should not be afraid to use.

"When you've got over 6 billion people, you can't just say we'll let nature do its thing," he says. "We have no choice but to garden - why don't we do it better? Why don't we do it more efficiently?"

--from article in Wired on ex-Greenpeace activist Patrick Moore. How come I never heard of this guy before?