A Garden and a Library
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
–Both quotations by Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher (107BC -47BC).
I am a book lover, an author, a writer, a reader, and a gardener. On my website, I have a book store to share my favorite titles with you and I always share my garden photos with my Dawn to Dusk Blog posts.
I am the result of a genetic line of readers including my Mom, Gramma Hattie, Aunt Judy, and Aunt Pat. We consume books and we have different genres we prefer.
When I was young, my Mom took us on library adventures where we would all browse the shelves and choose our books for the week. I don’t know how Mom managed five children in tow and all of our books–she was organized.
Mom or Dad read to us regularly throughout the day and at bedtime with old favorite stories and new ones. We had to see the pictures before they turned the pages as we asked endless questions until we slept.
At school, we had ‘real librarians’ who taught us how to care for books (Mom did too) and they explained the library genre sections. They helped us locate the books we needed for school reports and books for entertainment. The ‘real librarians’ often read to the students to inspire reading; it worked!
Now, I enjoy books on gardening, photography, nature, prose, writing, fiction, biographies, memoirs, adventures, poetry, marketing, business, management, leadership, inspiration, and reference books. Well…there’s more.
My library isn’t confined to one location, instead, it sprawls out into every room where I live and you will spot a pod of books there to entertain me as needed. For me, it’s like having a favorite blanket in every room; it warms my soul and my mind.
My brother, Dean says I have too many books. Because he isn’t a reader, he doesn’t understand why books are so important and why I need a library. Hey, Mom has one too although she has given away most of it over the years. Most of my books in my library are newer so I am still using them regularly.
Being an avid gardener, I fill my soul with garden dreams of plants, flowers, trees, annuals, perennials, fruits, and vegetables. Where will I plant these, when, and how will the design unfold? I merely browse my gorgeous gardening library for inspiration, great ideas, and plant advice.
Photos and garden by Dawn Marie Carlson. The schoolhouse above is an oil painting on glass, which I painted for Gramma Hattie because she taught school when she was younger in a schoolhouse similar to this.
My garden is the fabric of my soul, similar to my library. I am complete having both a library and garden and I feel rich and blessed.