• Gardening Background

  • Biographical Information
    I started digging in the dirt while still in diapers. I can't remember a time when I wasn't gardening or wishing I was gardening. Our family moved around Southern California and then my husband's career left us "subject to transfer"; the nomadic life is hard on a gardener, all they long to do is put down roots, literally. However I have been fortunate to garden in many places and see beautiful gardens around the world.
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  • Occupation
    Garden Writer, University of Minnesota Master Gardener
  • Gardening Ability
    6 - Gardening Professional
  • What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?
    "I can't grow anything, I have a brown thumb"
  • And, what is the reality?
    The Reality: The right plant for the right place will grow every time. But you have to be willing to learn.
  • What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
    It varies, but since almost pruning off a finger, I require myself to wear gloves at all times.
  • What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?
    The Question: How do I start?
  • And what's the answer?
    The Answer: Start small, just one pot, just one plant, just start. You'll be rewarded.
  • Who is your own favorite gardening personality on TV, radio or in print? Why?
    Martha Stewart reminded us that gardening was not a chore, but a noble domestic art to be cultivated. I admire her intense intellectual curiosity. I love P. Allen Smith for his sweet, southern charm paired with practical inspiration.
  • Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
    If everyone was busy tending a garden, there would be no time or place for war and violence.
  • If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
    That hurts my brain even to think about it.
  • What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?
    It has changed with my many locations, in Kansas it was difficult to grow sweet peas due to the short spring and sweltering heat. Now I wish I could grow all the lavender varieties, but alas it is too cold for most. I miss growing my Meyer lemon tree, without my greenhouse for overwintering, it is a challenge.
  • What is your favorite time in the garden?
    Late afternoons in summer when the air is warm and still.
  • What is your favorite color in the garden?
    Right now I am into all shades of orange.
  • What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
    Remembering to sit down and just admire it.
  • What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
    Public:The Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands for the biggest bulb display in the world and the Huntington Gardens in California for plant diversity. Public: All the tiny lovingly-tended gardens in the chocolate-box villages of Herefordshire England where I was lucky enough to live for two years.
  • What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
    My grandmother was a talented and intuitive gardener who created a paradise where I played as a young child. Following her death I found inspiration in my mother's landscape projects while I was a teenager. Since then I am spurred on by all my gardening friends wherever I happen to live.
  • What do you dislike most about gardening?
    The increasing aches and pains as I get older.
  • What do you like most about gardening?
    Fresh air, soft dirt, birdsong, and oh yeah, the plants, the plants!
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