Seeds Sown into Me: An Autobiographical Narrative Inquiry into the Leisure Experiences of one Community Gardener
Dedication For a father-to nourish what was willingly spread from one life to another. For all I call family and for those who made me feel at home. Abstract This autobiographical narrative inquiry takes the reader alongside my familial stories of gardening and my lived experiences across three community gardens in Edmonton. By focusing on my experiences of gardening I demonstrate the power of narrative inquiry (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000) as an approach that tends to the descriptive and
... ical dynamics of leisure practice by providing alternative narratives to dominant conceptualizations of gardening. The institutional, community and personal narratives of gardening that wove in and through my experiences of gardening are used to show how leisures are polythetic constructions situated in contexts with people, cultures and communities (Fox & Klaiber, 2006). As the narratives in this thesis illustrate, gardeners continually negotiate tensious landscapes and stories of gardening. To ignore the rich and multivariate experiences of gardeners amongst the meta--narratives of gardening is to silence the moments of discomfort, dissent and alternatives in the diversity of lives lived.