Timshala Gardens is the ongoing story of the creation of a new country garden in Olathe KS by me, Cynthia Gillis, a recent transplant from Brooklyn, NY. It will be a totally ornamental garden because every time I have made a garden for myself, with the full intention of growing vegetables in part of the space, somehow the ornamentals take over. I finally decided that I can buy wonderful tomatoes. I can’t buy beauty.
What Timshala Means
We chose the word Timshala, the name of our new home, as a variant of the Hebrew word ‘Timshel’. It is described in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden as meaning ‘choice’ or free will. Not that you must choose good. Not that you shall choose good. But that you may choose good. Man can “…choose his course and fight it through and win.”