Nature is a part of us and we are a part of nature.
I recently read an article that wrote that the garden is usually a place that is connected with during the later stages in life. This, of course, is nothing new. You can look at most of the people below the age of 40 odd and see that the idea of doing one's tax reutrns is more appealing than picking up a pair of secateurs and dead heading the hydrangea.
I suppose it has something to do with the fact that you have more time on your hands or you allow yourself to slow down when the grey hairs start to show and the simple things in life suddenly become a lot less...simple. Having said that, I definitely found a white hair on my 24th last year and I don't intend to slow down any time soon.
However, I decided almost 10 years ago that the life of plants was for me. I do in someway feel rather lucky that I have been able to open my eyes up to the joys of this world at this early stage of my life. I have learnt what a pleasure it is to be among the living outside world; where you can bathe in the awakening of all the senses, where colours become richer, smells become sweeter, touch becomes softer and sound becomes sharper.
The design of most plants, for example, are things one could only imagine in dreams. Take a look at a Passiflora caerulea, Passion flower, you don’t even have to look hard at the intensity of its’s psychedelic colouring and alien like form to make you think like you’re seeing things. How the hell did it get that to look that good?
Even something as simple as this Hedera helix, Ivy, leaf gives one the impression that you’re on google maps satellite viewing some sort of giant water system spreading out over an apocalyptic landscape.
To be able to work with something so wonderfully simple but complex, something that brings good health and joy to people and something that has such a great purpose on this planet is certainly more then enough to get up in the morning and start working at the drawing board.
So to bring it back to the post title of why we adore what we do is, because we get to work with the most incredible and beautiful employees on the face of the earth.