Gardening! It is a hard work. It is even a dirty work. You have to dig up the hard earth and make its heart soft. Not only this. You have to plan it well. You have to lay out beds for different kinds of plants. They require great care. They must get food and water in time. All this requires hard work and it fills your body with dirt and sweat. How dirty you get!
So, a Gardener has to play the role of a mother all the time. You cannot leave your garden to the care of servants. No good mother ever leaves her children to a nurse. She feeds her children with her own hands. Your garden, too, needs your personal care. It needs your love. Your love helps it grow well. Your garden requires food and water. But, above all, it requires your love and affection. A plant is something living. It feels as men and animals feel. So, you must love leaves and flowers, as a lover loves his beloved. You should touch them gently. Your soft touch will make them smile. Who will not like to keep them smiling?
How fresh you feel in the company of these smiling flowers! You feel young again among the beautiful flowers of the garden! Your body and your mind get a new life. You work with your hands and feet after the day’s work. How fresh you feel! It is the very best of medicines. And the beauty of flowers is the best of tonics. How happy you feel in the company of plants and flowers! They never deceive you. The company of friends and the company of books cannot be so happy and so innocent.
How charming it is to sit in a cool garden! How happy it is to see a green lawn and lovely flowers! What a feast to your eyes! And what a feast to your mind, too! Even a leaf teaches what hundreds of books cannot. How could Newton become such a great scientist? He watched the falling of an apple day after day in a garden and discovered the Law of Gravitation. You, too, can be a scientist if you watch plants and flowers with your own eyes.
The hobby of gardening is a good for health, fitness, and recreation. It involves physical activities in open-air. The study of plant life is very interesting. We get immense pleasure from the sight of flowers, plants, leaves and fruits. Thus, Gardening is a a good hobby for all people, both young or old or a retired person.