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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 2:08 pm

Does anyone else wonder if Home Front judging has ceased to have its intended effect, which I always thought was to encourage the cultivation of natural beauty?

I love the many ways that trees and flowers are celebrated in Coronado. I love the blooming medians and the flower show. But Home Front judging, which has always been inconsistent, now verges on the absurd. This year, two houses on our block, both of them recently remodeled, received blue ribbons despite the fact that most of the yard was covered with synthetic turf. When I walk around town, I often see fake grass where real plants used to grow. I understand we must find ways to conserve water. But even one fake plant makes the eye question the authenticity of the others. Fakes, by definition, attempt to pass as something they’re not.

I personally want to live among real, living plants even when and because those plants are imperfect, transient, and fragile. I believe the best response to water shortages is to teach ourselves and our children to enjoy many forms of natural beauty, not to promote the manufactured simulation of them. Any activities of a gardening club, it seems to me, should encourage the same.

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