It’s been said that the French spend their money on food, the Italians on their clothes, and the English on their gardens. However contestable that claim, our cousins across the pond certainly seem to appreciate the importance of cultivating one’s own little patch of green. From the quiet pleasure of lounging in a freshly mown Eden to the healthy prospect of savoring home-grown fruit and vegetables, looking after a garden is a satisfying way to exercise the body and the mind. In these frenetic times, a gentleman needs respite from the everyday buzz. So put on those rubber boots and dig!