Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
The emphasis on stewardship in English public gardens extends to protecting and nurturing healthy populations of bees and other beneficial insects, even when visitors may be slightly inconvenienced.
Garden writer and designer Nan Sterman thinks that people can understand their own gardens better by seeing what people do around the world.
To underline her theory, she led a tour to venerable English estate gardens a few summers ago and was intrigued to discover that though the British did many things in their gardens that local gardeners might call “sustainable,” they never used that word. Instead, they talked about stewardship.