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Gardening is a scary pastime, or so writer Barbara Blossom Ashmun claims in her article in the latest  Arboretum Bulletin. In her many years as a garden professional and hobbiest, she has been attacked by bald-faced hornets, poisoned by plant sap, sent to ER because of exploding seed pods, and much more.

And yet, gardening is also the “most joyful adventure” in her life.

Read the full, hilarious piece, and also enjoy some of Barbara’s horticultural haiku, excerpted from her latest book.