Plants and Prose

Eat Your Words

It all started with this quote:

Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet, for tomorrow I may have to eat them.

Looking for some attribution a bit more satisfying than "Anonymous," I started wandering far and near, until I ended up visiting the Yorkshire, England, home of the online-only World Carrot Museum.

I offer this destination to all you gardeners who are finding the weather joyless and the summer garden desolate (Hello, Austin!) hoping you will find some joy in the exhibit Carrots in Literature (from Shakespeare to Shel Silverstein) or if not there, perhaps in the idiosyncratic gallery featuring Carrots in Works of Art.

carrot wielding beagle

Carrots are the new biscuits in our house, a recent if not entirely welcome switch after I got fed up feeding the beagle ludicrously expensive treats she invariably inhaled without so much of a thanks. photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR

For further pseudo-gardening inspiration, check out the recently unveiled Urban Trees 5 exhibit now standing fanciful and bizarre along the San Diego North Embarcadaro (click on the first thumbnail and scroll on through). Here's some background on this on-going Port of San Diego public arts project.



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Thanks for thinking of us poor Austinites. The Carrot Museum is intriguing. I looking forward to being in neighboring Cheshire, soon. They're known for new potatoes. I wonder if they have a potato museum.

Sent by mss @ Zanthan Gardens | 10:40 PM | 8-13-2008

My mother-in-law had a golden retriever/Australian shepherd mix who was about 50 pounds overweight. For years they tried to get him to lose weight, but he nothing worked. Then they started going to the local feed store to buy horse carrots in bulk. He absolutely loved them, along with heads of lettuce. (Yes, he would devour entire heads of lettuce.) While he never became a thin dog, he lost enough weight and probably added at least a few more years to his life because of it.

Sent by andy carvin, npr | 12:15 PM | 8-14-2008

Well my Piggie realized her potential last week while staying at the neighbors. She got into the big tin of dry dog food (it takes TWO human hands to open it) and ate @10c of food - with NO side effects except her big belly. So I say, bring on the carrots...

Sent by Ketzel Levine | 12:37 PM | 8-14-2008