Tuin en natuur (mensen)

Over tuinieren en de mensen die me geïnspireerd hebben om van een tuin ook natuur te maken of van de natuur ook een tuin. Over een allegaartje van boeiende mensen. 

Ruth Stout (1884 - 1980)

Ruth Stout (June 14, 1884 - August 22, 1980) developed a method of organic gardening in the 1950s, and wrote how-to books and articles about gardening into the early 1970s. She also wrote about domestic life, and about her own life in 1976 in I've Always Done It My Way (1976). Her brother, Rex Stout, wrote mystery novels.

Selected Ruth Stout Quotations
• Working in the garden ... gives me a profound feeling of inner peace.
• There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.
• (About winter:) There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.
• I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
• At the age of 87 I grow vegetables for two people the year-round, doing all the work myself and freezing the surplus. I tend several flower beds, write a column every week, answer an awful lot of mail, do the housework and cooking, -- and never do any of these things after 11 o'clock in the morning! But that is my one real success, because I have had over 3000 people from every state and from Canada come to see my easy method and I have received thousands of letters, thanking me for making gardening easy for them. Or possible. And I feel that if you really help people you've done something worth-while.
• I've always been a 100% non-conformist. I've always hated to travel and still do. Never learned to drive a car because I didn't want to go anywhere. I have never paid the slightest attention to etiquette, but didn't know I was "out of step" until I got married ... and my husband pointed it out to me. He enjoyed it.
• Discharged from a job once because I didn't wear a hat (30 years before it was `done'). Had my hair bobbed before anybody. I never was a joiner. Given many lectures to garden clubs but never joined one. No gift for foreign languages, but learned Russian because I simply had to read Dostoevski in the original.
• On subjects I consider vital: I have never had an ounce of patriotism. I don't believe in murder -- maybe, possibly, in self-defense. Also, I think everyone has a right to kill himself if he wants to. And I do believe in mercy killing. Politics -- an awful, awful mess.
• Farmers are philosophical. They have learned that it is less wearing to shrug than to beat their breasts.