Lismore Garden Club News

As each of our nine grandchildren have come along and as they have been able to recognise shapes and colours, I have introduced them to nature via flowers, birds, animals, amphibians, and insects. I reasoned that it was my responsibility from my privileged place as a grandparent to try to introduce my grandchildren to the creators handiwork and not have them grow up ignorant of the beauty all around them.

It is alarming to me to realise that Western society including its children have to a great degree lost touch with nature, such as the lovely things that we witness in our gardens on a daily basis. I believe that Western humanity would be much more humane if we only experienced what we do in our gardens. Things such as colourful birds chattering, beautiful flower buds unfurling, the breathtaking beauty of a lovely butterfly. Then there is the joy of getting your hands into the rich dark soil, cultivating, planting and monitoring as did our parents, there are few things more humbling.

Humanity is generally unaware of its gradual disconnection to nature, however, there is a glimmer of awareness starting to emerge. It can be seen in the green movement, the save the planet movement, animal liberation and care movements, the growing number of people fleeing the big cities to so called tree changes, and of course the resurgence of interest in the home garden.

I wish to take this opportunity on behalf of the Lismore Garden Club to wish all of you lovely gardeners out there a safe and happy Christmas and a health, and prosperous 2008. The next meeting of the club will be on February 14 at 1pm at the Lismore Workers Club. For further information phone Wally on 6624 1125.

Finally: For God so loved the world (that is each one of us) that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Happy gardening and happy Christmas,

Ron Burns


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