The other day, I stumbled upon an old music playlist that I haven’t listened to in awhile. The first song that came on was a ol’ favorite of mine, from Bert Jansch, “The Gardener”. Procrastinating another looming deadline, I decided to see just how many other garden related songs I had in my seemingly bottomless music library. Because, when my brain goes to wander, in situations like these, it doesn’t just take a quick little jaunt around the block….

So NOW,….with deadline, this very day, upon me…..I bring you……



I actually had fun doing this! AND it turned out to be a pretty cool playlist, if I do say so m’self!! Any excuse to dig through my record collection, to revisit near-forgotten, hidden treasure & their memories. Ironically, most of the artists to fit the criteria, here, were more “staple artists” in all my compilations. Somehow, I didn’t necessarily think Don Covay was a big garden enthusiast, but worth a 2nd & 3rd look. Not a mention.

Songs are listed here, in no particular order, beginning with Bert, as he’s who the list started with. I hope you enjoy this music as much as I do! What’s your GARDEN PLAYLIST?? Share your “TOP 10 or 20” below!!

1.) “The Gardener”

Bert Jansch – Jack Orion (1966)

2.) “Sunset on the Sage”

Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen – Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas (1973)

3.) “Bumble Bee”

LaVern Baker – Saved (1960)

4.) “When the Fields Are White with Daisies”

Norman Blake – Back Home in Sulphur Springs (1972)

5.) “Garden”

The Groundhogs – Thank Christ for the Bomb (1970)

6.) “Shade of the Old Apple Tree”

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Jack Elliott (1964)

7.) “Columbine”

Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt (1969)

8.) “When Springtime Comes Again”

John Fahey – Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes (1963)

9.) “Green Pastures”

Emmylou Harris – Roses in the Snow (1980)

12.) “In the Garden”

Michael Hurley – Long Journey (1976)

11.) “Willow Tree”

Alton Ellis – Mr. Soul of Jamaica (1974)

10.) “Poppies”

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Illuminations (1969)

13.) “The Fields Have Turned Brown”

The New Kentucky Colonels (w/ Clarence White) – Live in Holland (1973)

14.) “Roses Blue”

Joni Mitchell – Clouds (1969)

15.) “Willow Garden”

Roscoe Holcomb – An Untamed Sense of Control (1965)

16.) “Roses”

David Olney – Roses (1991)

17.) “Flower Turned Inside Out”

Glenn Jones – Fleeting (2016)

18.) “Just Another Sucker on the Vine”

Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones (1983)

19.) “Tend My Garden”

James Gang – James Gang Rides Again (1970)

20.) “Fruit Tree”

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1970)

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