Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
“The movements which work revolutions in the world are born out of the dreams and visions in a peasant’s heart on the hillside. For them the earth is not exploitable ground but living mother.”
–James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922
Jacobs lives on a third of an acre in Wading River, N.Y., on Long Island, and his home is surrounded by “a thicket of flowers, bushes and brambles” that his neighbors have come to see as the bane of their existence.
He’s purposefully planted his yard with flowers, shrubs and trees, mostly (though not exclusively) native, and allowed them to erupt into a “riot of flora” that provides habitat for migrating birds butterflies, and bees. His neighbors prefer water-guzzling lawns mowed to military precision and landscaped by Home Depot.
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