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Gardening Tools, for Sowing or Reaping

Mark K. Morrison, a landscape architect with homes in upstate New York and Connecticut, has surrounded himself with 10,000 gardening implements. Dating back to the 1500s, they range from unwieldy scythes and beet hoes to fragile glass sheaths for forcing cucumbers to grow straight.

When he scans his racks of 150 trowels and 350 watering cans, he is reminded of rural subsistence farmers over the centuries and their backbreaking labor and hungry families. During a recent tour of a fraction of his tools on loan through July 1 at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx, he asked, “How many people’s lives did these save; how many people did they feed?”

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/arts/design/dibbles-and-daisy-gru...

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