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Re: Garden Courtesy

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Garden Courtesy
  • From: "John I. Jones" <jijones@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 1998 11:01:59 +0000
  • References: <6954fe83.3590bcd8@aol.com>

Irisborer@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 98-06-24 02:12:35 EDT, Lorraine & Gordon Nicholson write:
> >>
> >> Our field situation seems to invite the worse behavior in both children and
> >> adults, so much room to run, rows to jump and things to touch!!
> I have the most wonderful sign that was created by a daylily grower here, Tom
> Rood of Grace Gardens.  I use it often... and include it in every program for
> garden tours that I'm involved with....
> The Ten Commandments of Garden Courtesy
> 1.  Thou shalt leave pets at home or in a shaded vehicle with the windows
> partly down
> 2.  Thou shalt enjoy the garden without endangering bloomstalks with swinging
> purses, cameras, tripods, etc.
> 3.  Thou shalt use established walkways and not step into or across flower
> beds
> 4.  Thou shalt not touch any plant for any reason
> 5.  Thou shalt read plant labels without lifting for better viewing
> 6.  Thou shalt not ask to use the gardener's facilities
> 7.  Thou shalt allow children to enjoy the plans under VERY CLOSE supervision
> 8.  Thou shalt allow the gardener to continue any work they are engaged in
> without interruption
> 9.  Thou shalt call ahead for permission to visit a private garden.  Thou
> shalt also observe any posted visiting hours for "open gardens"
> 10.  Thou shalt carry away any debris
> I love this message because it's very positive ("Thou Shalt...". not "Thou
> Shalt Not..") includes humor and covers all potential major problems.  Of
> course.... when we do a tour, I also refer to the "10 Commandments.." and
> explain some of them - but that's not practical in the garden.  But I do think
> that having this sign reproduced in large, legible type and posted in a
> prominent place might help.
> Kathy Guest
> E. Aurora, NY

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