Latter-day Saint artists have captured the joy of gardening in artwork displayed over the years at the Museum of Church History and Art.
“Whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward” (D&C 6:33). Gardening teaches the gardener the law of the harvest, primarily that we reap what we sow and nurture. In October 1977 general conference, President Spencer W. Kimball reminded us that while a garden can be useful in “reducing food costs and making available delicious fresh fruits and vegetables,” it does much more than that:
“Who can gauge the value of that special chat between daughter and Dad as they weed or water the garden?” he said. “How do we evaluate the good that comes from the obvious lessons of planting, cultivating, and the eternal law of the harvest? And how do we measure the family togetherness and cooperating that must accompany successful canning? Yes, we are laying up resources in store, but perhaps the greater good is contained in the lessons of life we learn as we live providently” (“Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action,” Ensign, Nov. 1977, 78; emphasis in original).
On these pages are examples of artwork from Latter-day Saint artists celebrating gardening and the law of the harvest.