Artwork > 40-Year Garden

Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything - except itself.
— May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep, 1968

The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters.
— May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude, 1973

More than three years ago I began photographing my mother-in-law Fritz and her large garden in Boise, Idaho. She has been gardening the same plot of land for more than four decades. For Fritz, her garden not only provides food for her family, it also allows a space for meditation through the ritual of daily maintenance. It is clear that as Fritz grows older, she will be unable to continue her work in the garden. I feel the responsibility to witness her in these late stages of triumph.