Dee Sewell, owner of Greenside Up, educating about gardening and raising awareness about community gardening, photographed at Droichead Resource Centre Community Garden, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, 8th September 2014
These hands remember her mother’s hands growing flowers in their garden in Essex in England. When the hands got older they worked in a tomato nursery, the dark stain of tomato plants was ingrained in the hands. Over the following twenty years, the hands were occupied with cleaner work, but still they grew herbs in pots. About sixteen years ago the hands travelled west across the Irish sea and settled to start growing their own food.
The hands are happiest when working with the soil, delighting in the sight of new plants growing, relishing the challenge of growing something new and raptured by the beauty that is found in observing the growth of plants. Growing things feels good, the work that these hands do clears the head. Hands that work together can get even more joy from gardening, and these hands work to promote the benefits for the body and mind gained from community gardening. They believe that hands working in union with each other and nature can bring about a happier and better world.