A post for a garden library on chairs?
If you had asked me when I first began to garden what the most important tools for a gardener were, I’m sure chairs would not have been on that list. A hand trowel, yes. A watering can, of course. Those would still make my list today, but every other item would probably be unrecognizable to my previous self.
Bulb planter? Really? Soil block maker: what is that? And Adirondack chairs? Surely not!
But I have learned a few things over these gardening years, and I am convinced of this: without a comfortable chair in our gardens we will miss out on one of the most important aspects of our job as caretakers.
We will neglect the simple act of sitting still and observing.
I have many different chairs in my own garden. Most of them are fine for a moment or two but only my Adirondack chairs make me want to sit in them every time I look at them. There’s just something about the slant of the back that is incredibly comfortable. I can sit with a book in a chair like this for ages without ever wishing I had a cushion. And the wide expanse of the arm rest? It’s the perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning or a cold drink in the afternoon.
A chair and table in one.