What are your earliest plant or garden memories?
Over the holidays, my family got into a discussion of our childhood garden and plant memories. We all very much enjoyed sharing them and hearing about each other’s. My mother had a scent memory of sitting near a lilac and recalled gathering dandelions for salad. My cousin remembered weeding out sour grass and eating it as she went. I remember sitting in a fig tree while my sister picked them, sucking the nectar out of honeysuckle flowers, and so much more. Talking with a few friends, it seems non-gardeners also have powerful and very early memories. I think because these memories often combine many of our senses, particularly taste and smell, they’re strong and have tremendous staying power. What are your early garden memories? Do they influence what you grow today?