“…But the Entwives gave their minds to the lesser trees, and to the meads in the sunshine beyond the feet of the forests; and they saw the sloe in the thicket, and the wild apple and the cherry blossoming in spring, and the green herbs in the waterlands in summer, and the seeding grasses in the autumn fields. They did not desire to speak with these things; but they wished them to hear and obey what was said to them. The Entwives ordered them to grow according to their wishes, and bear leaf and fruit to their liking; for the Entwives desired order, and plenty, and peace. So the Entwives made gardens….they were bent and browned by their labor; their hair parched by the sun to the hue of ripe corn and their cheeks like red apples.”–Treebeard, in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, chapter 2, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shire is still a bit rough around the edges, as we have just gotten started, but as time passes, more of the dream will become reality.