Bardez is the Armenian word for garden. It is etymologically tied to an ancient word for paradise, but that link goes deeper than etymology. Gardens have always been small pieces of paradise for me, and hearing the word in Armenian triggers a flood of warm memories.
Memories of wandering around my grandfather’s garden, plucking ripe plums and figs from their branches.
Memories of playing in my parents yard, the scent of jasmine in the summer heat.
Of sun warmed tomatoes in my mom’s vegetable patch.
The smell of dirt and grass.
Mud on my hands.
Sun on my skin.
Memories of paradise.
I hope you enjoy these gardens I’ve planted, and I hope they remind you of some warm and wonderful memories.
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