It goes with the territory, Dennis and friends.
The art of landscape gardening is unheard of, unpracticed in our American Jewish world, left, center, or right. It is a visual art form requiring a variety of skills, starting with ‘talents’ of the grunt causing muddy hands, feet, clothes, requiring physical outdoor labor and all of the fatigue usually accompanying it all. It requires an eye and a love for beauty.
“No one makes any money getting their hands dirty working the soil”, a very successful Jewish Twin City lawyer sneered lecturing to me once when I was lying flat on my back pruning out some damage rabbits has caused to the bottom of a conifer shrub. I was in my sixties. He was dressed in full suit waiting to chat with his neighbor, my client, a financially successful Jew who had fled the slums of the Bronx while still in his teens. My client desperately loved putzing around his one-acre grounds here in the suburban Twin Cities. Although a very successful public relations director of a world-wide Minneapolis company, he didn’t like people, most noticeably his wife to whom he was somehow attached for more than 40 years. They both deeply loved their only child.
He didn’t know what to do in the landscape, but he liked visual art and had found talent late in life with sculpture, the realism kind. He craved peace and quiet exploring his relatively empty, unartful grounds, but he wanted more. He wanted to live within a beautiful landscape garden. After a visit to my own home grounds, he became my first major long-term landscape garden client, and a dear friend. He’d call himself Pope Julius and me, his Michelangelo. He let me landscape his property however I wanted, my first such client. God Bless Him! He was so proud maintaining it and was artful doing so.
Landscape gardening is supposed to be an art form….but it is sold as maintenance study at university as well as business. It is the most cherished of all of mankind’s art forms. Nearly all non-polar cultures ever known have imagined paradise as a landscape garden.
In addition this grunt work and its art forms are practiced, labored, and created outdoors as a farmer tills his fields. The Earth and harvests govern the patterns of the farmers ‘garden’ crop, whether soy beans, corn, or wheat in our communities, or rice fields in the Far East. They are all beautiful settings, at least to one born and living in Minnesota all of his life.
There is little melody to these manicured single crop fields, but my, the harmony of such growing “notes” out of Earth’s sweet soil is remarkable in sight and memory…..at least to many of us who live nearby farmlands.
Harmony and notes are important words to Dennis. He often confesses classical music is his “thing”, made more his thing by also conducting orchestras which indulge in the most beautiful of all arts for the ear, notes and harmony designed to inspire, cause memory, joy, pride, peace, love, tears, beauty unsurpassed for the human ear to absorb.
The art of the landscape garden at its best is to the eye, what the best of classical music is to the ear…..arranging notes to create harmony to inspire, cause memory, joy, pride, peace, love, tears, beauty unsurpassed for the human eye to absorb. Both art forms at their very best throughout history are masculine exercises and expressions. Its genetic, the animal in us provided to the male to defend the species.
One does not learn classical music or classical landscape gardening at today’s American university, the cultural killer of inspiration and beauty in all art forms.
Our fellow Americans of Jewish background came from Europe, a place where their ancestry was often not permitted to own land, but allowed to loan money generally considered an unsavory public service by Christians of centuries ago. We are all children of God and history, neither acknowledged by the American Left in today’s world culture. Marxism and fascism, after all, are enemies of those who seek beauty and inspiration. A peoples must be made to be equal. That which is equally ugly is equally “beautiful” in the Marxist world.