I always feel a little sad when I hear a gardener say: “I don’t bother with benches in my garden. I have so much to do, I don’t have time to sit down.” Granted, I understand the sentiment, especially at this time of year. There’s pruning and planting and transplanting and dividing and weeding…and, and, and…everywhere you look. Even if you do end up near a bench by chance, you’re more likely to notice that it needs painting than to rest on it. But once the spring rush has slowed down, it’s a treat to have a place to plunk yourself down for at least a few minutes: to watch the bugs and birds, listen to the rustling grasses, and admire the results of all of your hard work.