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    Nate lying naked on bench in natural lightThis week I must switch my focus from bare bums to bare roots as I have got to spend the next several days hunkering down into some of my garden projects. In the summers, I have a large old Victorian house next door that used to belong to my friend Gilbert. Gilbert loved gardens and he taught me a love for the process of the garden. When I was a student back in college days I rented the carriage house on Gilbert’s property. Whenever I had free time I would go out and help Gilbert with his gardens. In fact he and I did most of the work to establish the gardens as they currently are today. So when I would come home from one of my jaunts, as he would call them (work in the theater for me), I would stay with Gilbert and help him with the gardens. It seemed over the years Gilbert got further away from what he loved most as I got closer to perfecting my green thumb.

    When I stopped working in the theater about 15 years ago and wanted to settle back into Montana, I began to take over a lot of Gilbert’s chores and the gardens full time. It was during this time that Gilbert also got me started into photography and really became the inspiration for what I do now. Seven years ago Gilbert passed away from a brain tumor. I then worked for two years settling his estate and still maintaining the gardens and house. The house was then sold to a couple from California named the Hobbs, who has done considerable renovation and construction to the house, allowing me to design everything exterior. I have over the years been working to adapt the gardens to their personality and lifestyle.

    One of my gardens at the Victorian houseUnfortunately they only come to visit the house once a week about every other month, so the garden essentially has become mine. I keep trying to get away from it, but it is still one of my passions. Once I get it all planted the commitment is less to maintain and upkeep, but this week I need to pull it all together for another season. I keep wanting to let go because I am becoming far too busy with other things, but it is like a child that you cannot just abandon. So it’s time to pull on the old Carharts, get my hands dirty and dig in the earth.

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