WHO IN YOUR LIFE HAS MOST INSPIRED YOU TO GARDEN?

  • September 02, 2012 7:50 AM
    Message # 1062760
    How did they do this? Was it someone you knew personally who strongly inspired you to garden or was it someone you admired from afar? Tell us who motivated you and how they did it.
  • September 02, 2012 1:36 PM
    Reply # 1062907 on 1062760
    My Dad and Mom!  When I was 2, we moved to our new home that my Dad had designed and built on a 3/4-acre Pasadena hillside lot.  About 1/2 acre is The Hill, of some 30 fruit trees (my Dad's purview) and vegetable garden beds (my Mom's).  What Mom prepared for dinner each evening was dependent on whatever was ripening in the garden, so I learned what was seasonal and absolutely ripe.  This guided me into garden writing years later, helping new gardeners know that picking produce and letting it sit on the kitchen counter until it "ripened" wasn't optimum. You never know how much you know via experience, until someone asks you the simplest gardening question!
  • September 04, 2012 12:50 AM
    Reply # 1063851 on 1062760
    Both of my parents inspired me to create beautiful and environmentally sustainable gardens.  My mother was also a Master Gardener and my father holds a PhD in Entomology (Apiculture--he's a Beekeper!).  We grew a beautiful and bountiful garden.  My mother taught us flower arranging from Ikebana to tradiational centerpieces and then showed us how to can and freeze fruits and vegatables.  She was both an artist and a craftsman and together they taught us the joy and connection to the earth and plants of all kinds.  My father was the scientist who helped us understand the science of the genetics and growth of the plants and the biology of the environment around their growth.  Their teachings have informed everything I do and how I teach my clients to connect to their own gardens.
  • September 05, 2012 9:30 AM
    Reply # 1065102 on 1062760
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    My Auntie Carol in Minnesota had the most wondrous flower garden at her farm.  I loved all the colors and textures - fuzzy "Lamb's ears" were fascinating to a little girl. She even left the parsleyworms (swallowtails) and monarch butterfly caterpillars alone, which was pretty progressive back then. My mom and I tried, unsuccessfully, to replicate her garden in our dry, California clay soil. I think that is when I began to learn why it was impossible and how to grow things in our climate here.
  • January 03, 2013 2:27 PM
    Reply # 1171339 on 1062760
    Both of my grandmothers inspired me to garden.  Some of my fondest childhood memories of visiting my maternal grandmother are running into her garden first thing to smell the bulbs, annuals, and roses.  She always had something to feast your eyes on and lived on an orange grove; how lucky can you get?  My paternal grandmother grew vegetables and knew their nutritional and health benefits.  She also had the sweetest Babcock peach tree and amazing hydrengas.  Today, I grow many of the same plants that graced my grandmother's gardens, and hope to pass this legacy down to my children. 
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