The President's Message 6/6/22

What can we learn from Gardens?

Ms. Quadai Palmer

6/6/20221 min read

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”—Gertrude Jekyll

As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and great-grandmother. We planted a lot of gardens: flowers, fruit, vegetables. One thing I learned from them was trust. My grandparents showed me how to dig out rows, add seeds, water the seeds and to wait for the results. They fussed at times about the animals eating the seedlings or the whole plant. But they never stopped planting, waiting, and knowing not just trusting for a harvest.

As an adult, there’s so much I remember and use in my daily life. When faced with tough situations, I take a moment and begin to think of steps to resolve the issues.

I begin implementing and then waiting to see what the results are. Sometimes, it works and sometimes it doesn’t! But, I always end up trusting and knowing that no matter how bad it gets, I’ve always survived and thrived! Taking the negative situations and turning them into lessons learned and a means to share my story with others!

We can compare gardens to almost anything physiological: the mind, relationships, love, work, education, and even politics. The idea of planting and reaping is a familiar thread in all of society. Whatever you do, remember you will reap an abundance from what you’ve sown!

Ms. Quadai Palmer, Founder & President of Leading in Love