You can call a gardener or landscaper a romantic, but there’s just something about an old shovel that spells “story.” Whose shovel was it, and how did they use it? Digging up pirate treasure, perhaps, or burying the family silver or jewels to protect from marauders. Digging the first well on the old homestead site, or breaking virgin prairie for the garden that helped your family survive that first winter or tending the Liberty Garden during World War II. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, and as you decide on a new shovel, imagine the next stories you’ll build with it. When choosing a shovel or spade, consider its primary use, and the kind of blade that works best as well as the style of the grip and the length of the handle.