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The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's CompanionEssential Writings$
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Liberty Hyde Bailey, John Stempien, and John Linstrom

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501740237

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501740237.001.0001

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Marvels at Our Feet

Marvels at Our Feet

Chapter:
(p.215) Marvels at Our Feet
Source:
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion
Author(s):
John A. Stempien, John Linstrom
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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740237.003.0050

This late-life essay provides an overarching statement that sums up Bailey's philosophy. He argues that "[w]e give too small thought to the beauty and quality of life," and the solution is to be found in "contact with the mystery of life that stands stark before us" throughout nature. It is through the common things in our garden, such as the buttercup or the weed at our back door, that we find the treasures and meaning in life.

Keywords:   wonders, treasures, mystery, buttercup, weed, beauty, gardening, nature

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