Wood Fire Perfume

by Charles Joseph Sauriol

The perfume I liked was
the smell of a Wood Fire.
Planting seed or trees was preferable to
throwing one’s seed around recklessly...
The dance floor I knew best was
a long carpet of Pine Needles.


Note: The naturalist Charles Joseph Sauriol, an esteemed son of Toronto, was born on this day in 1904.  (May 3, 1904 – December 16, 1995)

Charles was a one-man conservation powerhouse - saving of many natural areas in Ontario and across Canada. It's so easy to feel connected to Charles; his diary entries are shared a fabulous twitter feed. Charles owned property in the Don River valley and was an advocate for the valley's preservation. Even as a teenager, Charles loved it, and he wrote today's quote in an unpublished manuscript.

As featured on
The Daily Gardener podcast:

Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.
Charles Joseph Sauriol
Charles Joseph Sauriol

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