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I have a large garden and a small(ish) library.I'm happy :-)
Actually I have lawn, and trees, but no garden. None the less, I SEE all the flowers, bushes, trees, birds, and squirrels that I pass, and I take pleasure in how the earth is made, which I think is really Cicero's point. I think even a hole in the wall near a public lending library would provide sufficiently, according to Cicero. It would be enough for me.
You're right - Cicero probably enjoyed the sensual pleasure of simply being in the garden. But in terms of absolute personal fulfillment, digging around in the dirt is necessary. Imagine having a library but not reading the books, or giving birth to children but not raising them.
Interesting! But...I love looking at and reading about gardens, but I don't really care about digging. I love eating and reading about food, but I don't really care about cooking. I was going to add art/art-making to this list, but it is so much less essential than these other things. Could I read about reading and books, without really reading? Maybe - see Pierre Bayard. Maybe I'll add a link to him here.