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I was trying to analyze why I felt annoyed with the people featured in yesterday's story on the front page of The New York Times: A Locally Grown Diet With Fuss but No Muss. After all, it's not as though the rich haven't been hiring others to create and maintain gardens for them for centuries.

We haven't expected dukes and countesses to get out and plant phlox or pick their own pears. Traditionally, they hired designers to create their gardens and had bunches of underlings to maintain them. And often received lots of credit for their beautiful gardens.

And that's still true among the very wealthy, as I recently noted in a mention of the gardens at Buckingham Palace, which are groomed by a staff of eight to 11.

And as comments on the Times article point out, having someone plant and harvest vegetables in your backyard isn't much different from hiring someone to mow your lawn. And it provides jobs for those doing the work.

The Fresh Greens blog in US News & World Report notes that these people are missing out on the pleasures of gardening. But not everyone finds gardening pleasurable. I do, but I can understand that some might prefer to ride bikes or hit golf balls.


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