Joene has gardened in south-central Connecticut (zone 6b) for more than 30 years. She follows in the steps of her grandmother who tended vegetables and flowers whenever a plot of land was available to her nimble fingers and her grandfather who tended densely packed perennial and bulb gardens.
Joene is a hands-on gardener growing perennial and annual flowers, edibles, and herbs. She is continuously designing, planting and maintaining the many garden beds and borders surrounding her home and provides garden design, gardening coaching and consultation, and garden maintenance services to homeowners in the lower Connecticut River valley region.
After many years writing medical news and gardening in every other spare moment, Joene took the leap into full-time gardening and garden writing. This blog chronicles Joene's experiences as a gardener and garden designer. Joene shares her successes and mistakes, garden-related research that is pertinent to Connecticut gardeners, her visits to public and private gardens, plant and garden-related news, book reviews, seasonal events and information for garden and plant lovers ... basically anything of interest and important to Connecticut gardeners.
Joene cultivated her gardening skills through trial and error, Master Gardener and Advanced Master Gardener certifications and multiple other gardening classes and symposiums, more trial and error, refurbishing a decades-old overgrown home landscape then starting anew on property cleared out of a hardwood forest, absorbing information from hundreds of gardening books, magazines, and websites, even more trial and error and tons of sweat-equity.
Joene became an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) in 2011 and annually attends continuing education sessions to keep this accreditation current.