Meet Gardener Warren
Priyangwada Perera Ceylon Today Features
When Gertrude Jekyll said that “Gardening is a seed once sown that never dies,” you may wonder how early this seed should be sown. For Warren, it was sown very early in life.
Warren Sanuhath Pinnawalage resides in the U.S. and is in Grade 2. Instead of sending her child on a rat race, Warren’s mother wanted her son to climb trees, walk barefoot and appreciate nature. So, they started a small garden for him. “We named it Warren’s Garden and created a colourful board.
We created a plot for his garden. He was helped by my husband and mother. Today, he has taken full control of it. Things changed for Warren when his grandmother went to live with his family in America. His parents wanted to make a home-like setting for his maternal grandma. They became serious with gardening.
Warren started by helping his grandmother by bringing her natural fertilizer; cow dung. He also liked harvesting. He learnt the delight of seeing the result of one’s own hard work in the form of vegetables and fruits. Seeing Warren’s genuine interest in this, his parents decided it is high time Warren gets his own little garden. This year, Warren took matters to his hand.
He does his gardening. He chooses what he wants to grow. But just because this is America, gardening does not become an easy task. Like any farmer, little Warren also has to look after his garden properly.
To save it from the predators, he has worked hard with his father to build the fences. With a mother who is a Licensed Psychotherapist in New York and New Jersey and a National and International Clinician in Substance Abuse and an Engineer father, Warren’s parents are also major gardening enthusiasts.
Warren likes gardening and enjoys looking after the needs of the garden. Warren’s father has made a special sprinkler system for Warren’s garden, making watering easier. Warren is slowly taking things to his hands, in terms of planting. Warren’s favourite part of the process is harvesting. He is thrilled with the harvest of his little garden. Apart from that, together with his father, he is thrilled to make scarecrows for this small farm.
ven for Vesak that just passed, he was making lanterns. He has made beautiful fences and scarecrows to take care of Warren’s Garden. All kinds of scarecrows give the necessary protection to his garden. But on top of it all, they add more beauty to his garden. All these are made with utmost interest and with such creativity. He also helped make the fences.
“We preach and tell our children. ‘Don’t watch TV’. But do we give them an option. If they cannot watch TV, what else can they do, to make them happy and keep them engaged? My son is seven years and he is yet to play a computer game. He will eventually play but he would know the difference,” Warren’s proud mother told us.