What is a garden?

What is a garden?

Goodness knows!

You’ve got a garden,

I suppose:


To one it is a piece of ground

For which some gravel must be found.

To some, those seeds that must be sown,

To some a lawn that must be mown.

To some a ton of Cheddar rocks;

To some it means a window box;

To some, who dare not pick a flower-

A man, at eighteen pence an hour.

To some, it is a silly jest

About the latest garden pest;

To some, a haven where they find

Forgetfulness and peace of mind. . .


What is a garden

Large or small

‘Tis just a garden

After all.

Reginald Arkell

“What is a Garden”

Green Fingers (1935)