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Why Do You Garden?


Here at Gill’s, we get to spend all day every day close to nature, working with plants, helping gardeners, and building landscapes. Then, almost all of us go home and garden some more! We asked several Gill staff the simple question: Why do you garden? In honor of Earth Day, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our personal “whys” with you.

“I enjoy growing plants because it has taught me that patience is rewarding. Gardening brings me peace inside and outside my home.” – Ori, Assistant Buyer
“I garden because I like the shift in perspective of getting down to ground level and noticing all the life happening.” – Harry, Landscape Designer

“I love creating a space that I can watch grow and evolve – nothing makes me happier than seeing a new leaf or flower or a new species of insect in my yard!” – Frances, Garden Coach

“I like to grow unique fruit and share it with people.” – Kevin, Landscape Crew Leader

“I don’t consider myself a gardener, but I really like digging holes and planting trees!” – Josh, Planting Crew Leader

“My gardening motivation is simple – I need to pull up in the driveway and see things looking good!” – DeAnna, Garden Center Manager

“I garden because it’s good for me and good for the planet! Plus I get to use the creative part of my brain.” – Wyatt, Garden Center Asst. Manager
“I garden because I’ve loved plants since I was a kid. It’s just what I do.” – Jimmy, Landscape Crew Leader
“I love beautiful flowers, growing my own food, and a place to enjoy nature!” – Debbie, Buyer
“As a new gardener, I like experimenting and learning what works. You don’t have to get too scientific.” – Hayden, Landscape Crew
“I garden because it’s wholistic therapy for my body, mind, and spirit together.” – Jesse, Gill’s Owner and GM

Reader Interactions


  1. Edmonton Landscaper says

    Numerous people find great comfort, peace, and satisfaction in gardening as a leisure activity. The author of “Why Do You Garden?” by Gill Nursery explores the motivations behind gardening and describes the many advantages of this relaxing hobby. The piece opens with an acknowledgement of gardening’s varied draws. It delves into the psychology behind why people go to such lengths to cultivate greenery and make their outside environments look so lovely.

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