Growing a Love of Nature
Children have a natural affinity for nature - gardens, animals, forests and shoreline fill them with a joy and energy that can be guided and nurtured. The lessons gained and the love experienced will sustain them through their lives.
When I was 7 years old, my father was a young lawyer and he won his first big case. He and my mother used the money to buy a large old colonial house on Fairmont Hill in Hyde Park, a part of Boston. It had a huge lot of land containing gardens and orchards. After our 2 family home in Roslindale with a small neglected yard it seemed like paradise.
I remember the first day we went to the new house. I wandered outside to a large plot of pink peonies in full bloom. I had never seen such beautiful flowers and I fell in love with them and wanted to take care of them. That was the beginning of a special connection to nature.
Those gardens with apple orchard, pear tree, grape arbor, corn field and rose bushes was a new world. But, there was no one to teach me about gardening. My mother had 5 children to care for, a new old house, and my father was a busy lawer. It would have been a gift to have a guide and mentor who could educate me about this rich environment.
I now live in a house with another garden, mostly tended by my husband Jim. He has added peonies over the years because I love them. I am still in awe of them and paint them when I can.
I want the Nellenby online store to have a mission for doing good and so I come full circle to children and a love of nature which resonates deeply.
Nellenby will be supporting a non-profit organization that teaches children to garden. CitySprouts provides resources for children living in the city to learn about gardens through an innovative partnership with urban schools. “The CitySprouts mission is to cultivate wonder for all children with hands-on learning through urban gardens.”