By: Kim Charles

Tom Fisher from New York State sees plants and gardens in a unique and inspirational way.

"Imagine. The word gets your mind running. Songs start playing, memories flood in and thoughts of all kinds flow forth. I love to garden as it inspires me to imagine. Every season I imagine what it might be next, what it could be, every morning I imagine what may have bloomed, what passer by my garden might inspire, what creature it might nourish.

My name is Tom Fisher, and I live in Lancaster, NY where we enjoy four seasons of gardens and I spend a lot of time in winter imagining what I can do next.

"Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. You are always living three, or indeed six, months hence. . . . To be content with the present, and not striving about the future, is fatal.”
– Alice Morse Earl

My camera phone has become as much a garden tool for me as the pruner and trowel capturing the beauty to take with me and to plant the seeds in my imagination of what my garden might be. When I look at my garden through my camera, I see it in different ways. I love to imagine what others see when they look at my garden as I imagine when I look at theirs. What do you imagine when you look at these photos? What do you imagine a garden should be?"

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