I've gardened in south-central Connecticut (zone 6b) for more than 30 years, following in the steps of my grandmother, who tended vegetables and flowers whenever a plot of land was available to her nimble fingers, and my grandfather who tended densely packed perennial and bulb gardens.
I'm a hands-on gardener growing perennial and annual flowers, edibles, and herbs. I continuously design, plant and maintain the many garden beds and borders surrounding the home I share with my husband. I operate Gardens & Turf, a small garden design and maintenance business providing garden consultation, care, and coaching to homeowners in the lower Connecticut River Valley region. I am also a contributing writer for Connecticut Gardener magazine.
After many years writing medical news and gardening in every other spare moment, I took the leap into full-time gardening and garden writing. This blog chronicles my experiences as a gardener and garden designer. I share my successes and my mistakes, my visits to public and private gardens as well as garden-related research, plant and garden-related news, book reviews, and seasonal events and information for garden and plant lovers ... basically anything of interest and important to Zone 6 and Connecticut-based gardeners.
I've cultivated my gardening skills through trial and error, Master Gardener and Advanced Master Gardener certifications and multiple other gardening classes and symposiums, and more trial and error. I refurbished a decades-old overgrown home landscape then started anew on property cleared out of a hardwood forest. I continue to absorb information from hundreds of gardening books, magazines, and websites, even more trial and error and tons of sweat-equity.
I am an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP). I earned AOLCP accreditation in 2011 and maintain this accreditation through annual continuing education classes. In 2013 I earned my Landscape Design certificate from the Anna Gresham School of Landscape Design.