by germinatrix | May 6th, 2009
HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales, is a man who has his priorities straight. In my humble opinion. I know, he’s a figure of controversy – but I don’t really care about all the shenanigans surrounding his love life …I care about the gardener! And the man who is putting his shoulder to the wheel and trying to inspire change.
Our world is losing it’s lungs. Our tropical rainforests breathe for us, and they are being cut down at an alarming rate by developing countries making way for commercial agriculture … HRH is taking this big issue on – and it is an uphill battle. How does some fancy-pants Prince get all high and mighty on poor, developing countries about making some money? I mean, REALLY! But a line has to be drawn in the sand (sand, because all the topsoil has been eroded due to the clear-cutting of tropical rainforests). World leaders have to band together and help provide sustainable solutions to these third world countries … education is the name of the game.
The website, The Prince’s Rainforest Project, has a short film encouraging all of us to get on board. Regular folks and luminaries alike – even Kermit the Frog – have to work together and make the right choices. I know this has been said ad nauseum, but it is TRUE! And we, as gardeners, must recognize that what we do for pleasure and health really makes a difference. REALLY. Our choices in our gardens, no matter how small they may seem, matter. Have you gone organic? YES! But you still have choices to make – does your bagged ‘organic’ planting mix have peat mixed in it? BOO. (check out Ken Druse’s excellent essay on the peat issue on Garden Rant)
HRH is a passionate gardener. We all know how it is when you fall in love with gardening – you fall in love with the earth. You understand what it is to have an effect on your world. You create a little bit of paradise.
If we can inspire more people to garden, then doesn’t it stand to reason that, eventually, we’ll have more paradise than blight? Am I just being crazily naive?
I AM being little naive – HRH is a Prince with a staff of gardeners – but I’ll bet he has dirt under his fingernails most weekends. His way may be different from mine, but his impulse to have a positive impact on the earth at this crucial time is one I can really get behind. He has a bigger platform – but we can ALL try and change the world – one tree at a time, one garden at a time, one gardener at a time.
So ROCK ON, HRH …