Dunsmuir Garden

01 Sep

Dunsmuir Garden (Surrey, B.C.) in late June. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Dunsmuir Garden

Hollyhocks, apples,
lavender, lettuce, Swiss chard
love close company.
Friendships grow across the fence–
thriving in community.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


PF-2I haven’t had a garden of pretties and edibles for some years now. We’re not allowed to grow food plants in the garden beds of our townhouse. But if I ever had a food garden again, I’d like it to be a plot in a community garden. There’s something about gardening in community that seems so right!

This post is connected to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Penny Klosterman at her blog,  Blog-a-penny and her jots.


Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Form poems, Nature, People, Poetry Friday, Tanka


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15 responses to “Dunsmuir Garden

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham

    September 2, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Community gardens are such a good idea and a wonderful use of public space. I always like looking at all the little plots.

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  2. Penny Parker Klostermann

    September 2, 2016 at 8:03 am

    We don’t really have space for a garden but I grew up eating fresh vegetables and fruit all summer. My grandpa and dad were big gardeners and let me and my sisters help plant and pick. Great memories.
    I love how the plants are in close company…their own community… in your poem.

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  3. Linda Baie

    September 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

    That picture certainly shows off the ‘close company’. I drive by a community garden by a church when I go to the bookstore and often see those tending their plots, but standing by each other visiting, looks fun. Thanks, Violet, a nice connection.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thanks, Linda! And I’m pleased you picked up on the human friendship and community angle that I hoped would come across in this. Because that’s what attracts me about this many-plotted gardens–the friendships that grow along with the Swiss chard and melons.


  4. Julie Larios

    September 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    My daughter has a pea-patch community plot and has been sending me photos all summer of her vegetable harvests! I love the idea of the plantings being a community, too, as well as the gardeners! Thanks for the poem.

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  5. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    September 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I totally agree! Community is the way to go… we all thrive that way. Beautiful photo and touching poem, Violet.

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  6. dorireads

    September 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I love growing flowers, but only the ones that survive pretty much on their own when I forget about them. Food plants, not so much, as they tend to like their consistent caregivers better than somebody like me who forgets them for a week!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 2, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Dori, I sort of feel the same way. Even when I could have a vegetable garden, it became an iffy proposition. I felt guilty about using any sort of pesticides, yet was constantly competing with the cabbage butterflies, cutworms and slugs. It ended up being more work than it was worth. Then there’s my sis, who is a committed community gardener and has kale and beans and Swiss chard enough to turn us all green!


  7. Bridget Magee

    September 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I agree, community gardens are a great concept, Violet. I love the line in your poem: “friendships grow across the fence” – our photo proves it! =)

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  8. Buffy Silverman

    September 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful photograph, Violet–and a wonderful poem to accompany it. I especially like your final two lines.I’m jealous of your sunny garden. That’s the one drawback of living in the woods!

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Buffy, the garden is mine only in photograph! Dunsmuir garden is a huge community garden near us where I love to harvest with my camera. It’s lovely in every season.


  9. haitiruth

    September 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful! It makes me think of Seedfolks, which I usually read with my seventh graders in the spring! Ruth,


  10. Irene Latham

    September 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Violet, I love the observation of these plants that love close company… it’s comforting, esp. when you carry it through to the community in your poem. Thank you!


  11. maryleehahn

    September 4, 2016 at 5:39 am

    I’ve pretty much given up on a garden that produces food for humans. Instead, I am growing more and more milkweed for monarchs and dill and parsley for black swallowtails and morning glories for the hummingbirds!


    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 4, 2016 at 6:15 am

      Awww, sweet! And I’m sure all those flying critters thank you.



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