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Have you heard, garden lesson

The month of August was kind to gardens this year. But big harvests aren't the only benefits gardeners earn — gardening has a reputation for nurturing heart and mind along with the body. To test that notion, Have You Heard asked valley gardeners, "Have you learned life lessons from your garden?"

Susan Callaway

I feel calm and relaxed in my garden. I grow fruits and vegetables organically, but flowers are my favorite part of my garden. The life lesson I've gained is to be in the here and now.

Diane Thomas

I feel relaxed and more attentive to detail in the garden. I think patience is the life lesson. You can do all the work you want, but it's often a matter of patience and time before the results show.

Sheryl Schwind

Yes, I've learned I should have paid attention to my mother when she was gardening. She knew all the names of flowers and I wish I had learned from her. I didn't realize it, but that's important information. It's the good stuff you should learn.

Terri Gibler

It feels good to grow something, enjoy the harvest and give something to my neighbors and friends. I have tomatoes in the freezer for winter. Sometimes you have surprises. This year, I bought an acorn squash start that turned out to be a pumpkin.

Monica Rey
Sams Valley

I love being in my garden. The beauty makes me grateful and happy. I've learned to just keep going. The weeds are always going to come back, so just keep going.

Angelika Curtis
Eagle Point

I feel strong and connected to the earth when I'm in the garden. I feel a sense of accomplishment. I have health problems, so just being able to go outside and do physical work is energizing. I think I've learned to be more connected to and respectful of Mother Earth and our food supply.

Pam Isaac

It's therapy for me. I'm happiest when I have my hands in the dirt. Everything's a practical lesson. If you don't get your weeds when they first come up, then they will get out of hand.

Wanda Severn

I feel very relaxed and sometimes philosophical when I'm sitting by my plants. It takes me back to my grandma, whom I adored. It's kind of bittersweet, but it's nice. I slow down and think about what's important in life.

Teri White
Rogue River

The garden is always changing with the four seasons. You plant a seed, you grow it up, you harvest the plant or it dies, depending on the season. It's always changing. This is my life. I farm, and I am always outside. I like it better than other jobs I had that stayed the same all the time.

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