I have often thought that if Heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden … Under a total want of demand except for our family table, I am still devoted to the garden. But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.
To C. W. Peale, 1811, 3803
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
I was jazzed about Monday’s post (May 14, 2012) and decided to stay on the gardening theme. You will recognize the last sentence above. I used it to close Monday’s account.
Jefferson always loved experimenting with plants and did so throughout his life! It wasn’t until his retirement that he could give himself wholeheartedly to that endeavor. At this writing, age 68, Jefferson was two years into that retirement, knowing that nothing would ever draw him away from his beloved lands (and garden!) again for any length of time.
Did you notice that the title of Peter Hatch’s book, A Rich Spot of Earth (from Monday) was drawn from this letter?
Jefferson’s interests will inspire your audience!
Invite him to speak.
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