It’s been almost 3 years now since I first arrived at the concept behind the Quiet Gardener, and therefore the quiet garden!
It was all about recreating the scenario of a peaceful, sleepy suburbia; a place where we might escape the noise and hustle and bustle of daily life. It was a stand against the rise and use of what I describe as “man tools” – the blower, the whipper snipper, the trimmers and cutters that fall in the category of “labour saving devices” yet in reality, they fall into the category of fat generators, noise creators and peace destroyers!!
For those already shaking their heads at what might be now considered standard gardening items, let me ask you a few questions … “What is the garden for?”; “What is the impact of MY noise on those around me, and the nature around me?”
And I might also make a couple of statements ….“Manual labour is good for you, and the benefits ensuing are enjoyed by those around you!”; “You can DO IT efficiently and well(gardening) without over-engineered machinery!”
I’ve now worked as “the quiet gardener” for over 18 months. This has involved a wide range of gardening from a non-gardeners perspective – I dig, maintain, trim, weed, plant, prune, shovel and mow. While its hard to always be a quiet gardener as the commercial needs also abound, MOSTLY, I clip, sweep, rake, edge, dig, cut and prune manually.
And amazingly, I create finishes that are softer, less brutal and harsh, natural and aesthetically pleasing. As an analogy, you can trim your hair regularly and keep it neat and under control, or you can take to it with buzz sheers for a savage number 1 and let it grow out over time. The quiet gardener is the former… ticking away regularly, and maintaining a natural, evolving look!
My clients range from small to large gardens, and not one has complained about my lack of power tool use – I complete the job, and most comment on the “no noise” compared to their neighbours “rev head” approaches!
The concept of the quiet garden has been lost through “stealth” – year on year, fathers day by fathers day, we have seen the constant development of labour saving man tools that take away the “load” of gardening manually. And over the years, dad’s have got fatter; dad’s have reduced the incidental garden exercise, noise has risen, input costs have increased and a relaxing peaceful neighbourhood has been abso-bloody-lutely shattered!!
In some council areas abroad, petrol driven garden machinery have been banned as a means of eliminating unnecessary noise. Why is that not possible and a viable option for all communities where we start to re-engage with the concept of community living and shared space, that INCLUDES sound and, therefore, noise minimisation.
It’s feasible and do-able…. the quiet garden is reality and not fantasy!!