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Gardening is many things—science, skill, exercise, recreation, education—but it is also an art
The Pacific Horticulture board works to sustain the mission and goals of our organization. Throughout the changes of our recent past, and as we approach our 40th anniversary in 2016, we’ve looked back at our history as well as our future. An editorial by Margedant Hayakawa, first published in 1979 when Mrs. Hayakawa was board president of the Pacific Horticulture Foundation has served as a touchstone and guide for our collective decision-making. The piece, reprinted in her honor in the 20th Anniversary issue in 1996—and excerpted here—continues to inspire our efforts.

Margedant Hayakawa Photo: PHS archives.

“Gardening needs advocates and spokesmen. It needs a publication where important question can be argued: Should we have irrigated gardens in a dry country? How can the public landscapes of our cities provide a more wholesome environment and a closer sense of the natural world? How can smaller gardens, using less land, be made to yield greater satisfaction? In other words, what is appropriate horticulture f...


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