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Going slow while you grow

Gardeners urged to enjoy process, not to be in a race

A bottle garden frames flower and vegetable beds in a backyard in Langley, Wash. Combined with a basket collection, it brings the gardener’s personality into play — which is a component of slow gardening.
Photographer: Dean Fosdick/The Associated Press
A bottle garden frames flower and vegetable beds in a backyard in Langley, Wash. Combined with a basket collection, it brings the gardener’s personality into play — which is a component of slow gardening.
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Felder Rushing is not a man to be hurried. This former county extension agent turned folklorist, author and lecturer is an advocate of slow gardening — emphasizing the process over the product. “Life has a lot of pressures,” Rushing says. “Why include them in the garden?” Slow gardening is an offshoot of the international Slow Food Movement, which, in its words, aims “to strengthen the connection between the food on our plates and the health ...

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