Young Gardener, by Orest Kiprensky, 1817
Young Gardener, by Orest Kiprensky, 1817

‘Honour the gardener! that patient man

Who from his school days follows up his calling,

Starting so modestly, a little boy

Red-nosed, red-fingered, doing what he’s told,

Not knowing what he does or why he does it,

Having no concept of the larger plan,

But gradually, (if the love be there,

Irrational as any passion, strong,)

Enlarging vision slowly turns the key

And swings the door wide open on the long

Vistas of true significance.’

Vita Sackville-West, The Garden, 1946

Old School Gardener

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