A garden in winter is the absolute test of the true gardener. Fair-weather gardeners are to gardens what interior decorators are to building--they only know half the story. True gardening is as much about the bones of the garden as its planning; true architecture is as much about the form and structure of a building as its rooms. If your garden looks good in winter, you belong to a select band capable of bending nature to its will. If you master the worst that winter can throw at you--ice, snow, wind without remorse--you will have a sense of conquest.
"The Garden In Winter"