Especially Springhill Garden should be seen an integral part of the Boulder-Community and cooperative, rather than an isolated island in the sky. Yet it’s approach to gardening is different, because the focus is more on the playful experiment outside the fruit-box. Read: Anselm’s Garden feature, full text, Aug. 29, 2013 Insider, By Bob Phillips Contributing Writer and springhill-Artbeat featured artist . Quote:
…..when Anselm Spring was but a small child growing up in Bavaria during World War II and beyond, he knew of a very magical place to play that stuck in his memory for a lifetime – his grandparents’ garden.
“Everything grew there,” says the Boulder artist and photographer. “And it was wonderful as a kid to be there to pick berries and cherries, even though it was forbidden. That’s where my love for a garden was actually nurtured.”
Now more than six decades later, a garden is still a wonderful place to play, Spring says. Indeed, he regards the garden as a living work of art as well as a place to experiment with both form and function. Although he never dabbled in gardening until a mere seven years ago, he has produced some rather astounding results with a variety of young fruit trees and other crops on his mesa top overlooking Boulder……
Voltaire, the most eminent philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment got it “just right”: Candide, ou l’Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 . ( following quote from Wikipedia) It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide’s slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world.
Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, “we must cultivate our garden”, in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra , “all is for the best in the best of all possible worldsAs expected by Voltaire, Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. However, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human condition, the novel has since inspired many later authors and artists to mimic and adapt it. Today, Candide is recognised as Voltaire’s magnum opus and is often listed as part of the Western canon; it is arguably taught more than any other work of French literature.
We need some of Voltaire’s “religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility”, a well from which most of America’s founding fathers drank, even got drunk….. today the “Greatest Nation” is afraid of it. Jefferson’s vision of a garden-state and agricultural venue may apply. But wait…………….
Oh yes, there are happy moments in life.Lots of happiness happens in the garden, but as there is plenty of random accident and chaos on the planet, life and death to say the least, the farm and garden is not only playground but the proving ground for the acceptance of extremes…..