“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.
Marjorie Lamont, Beauty All Around, Italian mosaic tile, 1993, Salt Lake City, Utah. “Latter-day Saints are encouraged to garden. Vegetables nourish our bodies; flowers nourish our souls.”
Cheryl Morris, Behold, the Fruit of My Labor Is Sweet, wool on monk’s cloth, 1993, Bay Shore, New York. “This piece done in primitive hooked rug style symbolizes my experiences in the Young Women program. When a girl first enters Young Women, she comes with little experience (empty baskets). The orchard represents knowledge, and the fruit represents Young Women values. As Young Women leave the program, they should have baskets filled with enough fruit to share with others.” Purchase Award, Third International Art Competition.
Emma Allebes, Seeds Are His Promise, quilted wall hanging, 1993, Fair Oaks, California. “Years ago, when President Spencer W. Kimball admonished the members to plant gardens, my husband took this advice very seriously and has become a master gardener. He loves to grow fruits, vegetables, and beautiful flowers. This quilt is a tribute to him and to the Lord, for seeds are His promise.” Merit Award, Third International Art Competition.