Garden Attire

by Nancy Goodwin

I am a small person with short, gray hair, usually dressed in winter in faded jeans, frayed at the knees and cuffs, boots, and layers of old shirts, and in summer in faded shorts and shirts.

A wide-brimmed straw hat without a crown protects my face from the sun.

I generally pull a small aluminum cart loaded with a bucket filled with hand tools and a garden fork and spade as I walk briskly and look down to right or left at plants in growth or for those expected to grow.

My hands are usually dirty, my knuckles somewhat distorted, and when I reach my destination, I work on hands and knees.
— Nancy Goodwin, American gardener, author and nursery owner, Montrose: Life in a Garden, Late January & February

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