The garden

The more you respect a garden, the more you’re going to enjoy it.

What makes someone respect a garden? A few ideas:

Charge for it

Make it really big

Make it full of rare things

Make it visually spectacular

Make it participatory so people have stake in the game

Make it educational

Make it art

Make it social

But of course, none of these strategies work unless the user cares about them. Some people value a rare collection. Others value a social event that just happens to take place in a garden.

Know the users and meet them in a place that matters to them.

p.s. for me, these poems really helped me enjoy a recent garden experience