During last week’s #gardenchat on Twitter, Bren, a.k.a @BG_garden had tweeted a comment to Corona Tools that helped inspire this post. She indicated that her father passed away 10 years ago but that she has his hoe and still uses it in his garden which makes her feel like he is always in the garden with her. I tweeted back to Bren that ironically I was working on a post about that very subject.
Two weeks ago while in the office, I was speaking to Corona’s resident historian, Doug Barrie, who had mentioned that his father’s tools had been passed down to him and he had no idea his father owned Corona tools. And in a recent meeting with Annie Haven, a.k.a @GreenSoil, she shared with me that she still has her father’s Corona tools he used in their orange groves in Southern California back in the day. So it seemed fitting to recognize on Father’s day, the garden legacy each of us are instilling in our children and grandchildren.
Father’s Day is one day out of the year were we take time to show our fathers how much we appreciate them. For some of us though, Father’s Day is a day to reflect on the legacy they’ve left behind. Such as their passion for gardening they instilled in us. My passion for gardening stems from growing up just outside Portland, OR, where each year my parents planted a vegetable garden. It was a tradition they got from their parents growing up in Pittsburgh, PA. To this day, growing fresh tomatoes and eating them off the vine takes me back to my childhood, both in my parent’s garden as well as my grandparent’s.
While our fathers and grandfathers may no longer be here, or the vegetables and plants they grew, many of the garden tools they used to tend to their gardens live on in ours. I wish I had my parent’s garden tools that I could pass on to my kids however when my parents moved from Portland to Orange County, CA, they left the tools behind as their concrete “patio” was no longer conducive to gardening.
So as a father of two young kids, I hope to carry on the tradition of teaching the joy and benefits of growing their own food. My kids are now old enough to appreciate gardening and I feel fortunate to have some space to plant. They love using Dad’s Corona tools and since Corona’s are built to last a lifetime, I have no doubt my kids will be handing them down to our grandchildren to use in their gardens. On behalf of Corona Tools, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there who teach and pass along the tradition of gardening to the next generation of gardeners.
Vintage photo circa 1940 Papap, Grandma and Dad